Build or Renovate

The Ohio Facility Construction Commission (OFCC) and outside agencies assessed the current buildings and found all to be in need of repairs so extensive, it is cheaper and more responsible to build new facilities. In order for this determination to be given, the cost of renovation must be at least 2/3 of the cost to build. At that point it is considered more fiscally responsible to build new facilities. Our buildings exceed that 66% threshold. New construction is actually cheaper …

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More on School Finance

I know school finance is difficult to understand and can cause concern since so much of it comes right out of the taxpayer’s pockets. I am going to try to explain some details and where we stand now. I’ve only been here 3 years so most of this dates back prior to me being here. I am relying on information provided to me from staff, parents, and community members for the history so bear with me. Whitaker was built in …

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Community Open House at Whitaker today

Hi Everyone,                                                                                                                                                      9/18/19 I want to give everyone a chance to ask and get answers about Finneytown Local School District. I will host a Community Open House this Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Whitaker Elementary. I will be there from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. We will meet in the Cafeteria for informal questions and answers. I would also be happy to give a tour if anyone is interested. Everyone is invited. I will also try to find a time …

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Thank you

8/14/19 I want to say thank you. Thank you to the staff who planned and attended the Community Outreach yesterday. Thank you to the students from the band who volunteered their time and made walking and riding the buses so much fun. Thank you to the parents, children, and community members who greeted us along the bus routes. Thank you to the families, staff, and community members who came to the Back to School Bash last night. Thank you to …

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2nd Annual community outreach

It is finally here!​ Our 2nd Annual Staff Neighborhood Outreach is here! Finneytown staff will visit neighborhoods at a variety of rally locations on Tuesday, August 13th from 5-7pm. Band members and athletes will join as well as we celebrate the start of the 2019-2020 school year.  We are excited to add our first district-wide Back to School Bash after the staff bus tour from 7-8 pm at the Secondary Campus. All  FLSD families and staff are invited to celebrate …

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Please drive safely!

Dear Finneytown Families,                                                                             August 10, 2019 I am writing to implore you to drive slowly and safely around our students. There has been an alarming increase in the number of reported accidents around the nation where children have been hurt or killed going to and from school. Our children are our greatest treasure and we should remember that. Please, please slow down and be aware. Remember that when a bus stops with lights flashing, we are required by law to …

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Talking Finances

August 6, 2019 Let’s talk finances. Like you, I live and pay taxes in Finneytown. None of us want to see our taxes go up. We do need to make choices. The choice before all of us is whether to invest in the future of our district. I’ve heard many people talk about how high the taxes are in Finneytown. There is truth in that statement but I’d like to explain a little about what that means. First, when we …

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New Secondary School

7/22/19 Back in the office. Took a couple of days to visit Gatlinburg!  I got back Friday but had technical issues and could not post so here we go.    Once the state provides the matching funds for the secondary campus, we will start on that. The new secondary campus would be built partly in the front parking lot all the way back behind the stadium. The gym would be torn down but all other buildings would be intact and …

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Recap

7/10/19    To recap, we have three schools in Finneytown. We have Brent K-1, Whitaker 2-5, and Secondary Campus 6-12. We have just over 1400 students in these 3 buildings. OFCC recommends any district with less than 1500 students should build one K-12 building. Through the 35 meetings held last year, it was decided that the best plan is to build two new buildings. A K-6 on the Brent property and a 7-12 on the secondary campus property. If you missed …

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Cottonwood and Brent History

7/9/19                                                                                 Cottonwood was built in 1962 and was subsequently torn down in 2010 because it became too difficult to maintain. The roof leaks were continual and there were other issues.    Brent Elementary was built in 1964 with 29,161 square feet. The gym has steps to go down into it and the hall floors are inclined in places. In 1986 enrollment had drastically declined in the district and the building was leased to Springfield Township. They used it as a …

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