Thursday, August 05, 1999

Ross schools chief: Help us draw up plan

Enquirer Contributor

        ROSS TOWNSHIP — Ross Schools Superintendent David McWilliams doesn't want to develop a state-required improvement plan for his district without help from the community.

        So this week he is sending letters to parents, business leaders and school staff in an effort to get a core planning team of about 25 people.

        The group will begin working in September to develop a plan to present to the Ross Board of Education next spring.

        “If we're going to engage in the formal process, I think we should go beyond the required 18 factors on the state report card,” Mr. McWilliams said. “I want this to be comprehensive.”

        The group will be asked to collect data on the district, develop goals for improvement and recommend strategies to reach the goals.

        To assist the group, Mr. McWilliams said he would bring in a facilitator from Miami University.

        “I want this team to be as representative as possible. I will be looking for people from Ross Township, from Morgan Township, stay- at-home moms and self-employed residents,” Mr. McWilliams said. “What do we think we want the Ross Schools to look like?”

Hamilton Schools
        HAMILTON — Registration and screening for children who will enter kindergarten in the Hamilton City Schools will be Aug. 16-20 at the Fenmont Center on Third Street.

        Children who will be 5 by Sept. 30 are eligible for either half-day or full-day programs. Registration is by appointment only. To schedule appointments, call 887-5000, Ext. 44.

        When registering, parents should bring their child and expect to spend almost two hours. Other items to bring include the child's Social Security card, immunization record, birth certificate, proof of residency and custody papers, if applicable.

        Classes begin Aug. 30.

Fairfield Schools
        FAIRFIELD — Students new to the Fairfield City Schools need to be registered at the district's Registration Center at the Operations Building, 211 Donald Drive.

        When registering, parents should bring proof of residency in Fairfield or Fairfield Township; the child's birth certificate, Social Security number and immunization record; the parent's driver license; custody papers, if applicable; and previous school records, including a copy of any instructional plan for children with special needs.

        The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.

        Secretarial and other staff will return from summer break and resume regular office hours beginning Monday.

        MIDDLETOWN — Parents may register their preschool children for half-day classes at six elementary schools.

        Children who are 4 by Sept. 30 and whose parents meet income guidelines may register for classes by calling Maureen Armstrong at 423-0781 or stopping by central administrative offices, 1515 Girard St.

        When registering, parents need to bring the child's birth certificate, immunization record, custody papers if applicable, and a completed doctor's examination form.

        Morning and afternoon classes will be offered Mondays through Thursdays at Amanda, Taft/McKinley, Oneida, Mayfield, Roosevelt and Jefferson elementary schools.


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