To the South Central Community:
Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! I must say that we had a very smooth opening of school this year; students and staff seem to be adjusting quite well to the new year.
Fall sports are in full swing. Other extra-curricular clubs and activities also are gearing up for fall competitions/performances. Check out the various school calendars for dates/times of events.
The South Central Board of Education is expected to approve a $17,758,482 school facilities project at its September 25, 2019 board of education meeting. The project will be co-funded with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, where the OFCC will fund 73% ($12,963,692) and the district will be expected to fund 27% ($4,794,790). The scope of the project will be to perform minor renovations to the existing K8 building and then add approximately 33,500 additional square feet to the that building for high school classes. No official decision has been made about the future of the current high school building, but it will more than likely not be used for regular student instruction once the facility project is complete.
The board of education is also considering adding an additional 23,500 square feet to the project in order to support a competition gym that will accommodate approximately 1200 visitors, athletic locker rooms, and enlarging some career-tech classroom spaces. This additional space, called a Locally Funded Initiative (LFI), will cost approximately $6,350,384. This additional space will be funded solely by the district; therefore, the overall project will require a total local contribution of approximately $11,145,174.
What an exciting time for the students, staff, and community of South Central Local Schools. Our school has been excellent stewards of district finances, and our staff has done a remarkable job of maintaining our current facilities. However, with the State willing to contribute nearly ¾ of the cost of the base project, I believe it to be the right thing to do and offer the option to our community. Hopefully, people will support updating our facilities so that we can further educate students for their future!
I continue to simply enjoy my position as superintendent in this awesome district. When I walk through the halls of both buildings, and stop into classrooms occasionally, I continue to be excited about the awesome enthusiasm for teaching and learning that happens continuously and regularly. When I am stopped by community members, the typical response is one of pride for the school system. This makes me proud to be a Trojan!
Check back to this webpage for periodic updates from me on the activities and successes of our school. I will attempt to provide new messages monthly.
Together we can,
Ben Chaffee, Jr.
South Central Local Schools