This is the first full week of school for 4,700 Little Miami Local School District students, including the first day of school for our preschoolers. During the first three days last week most things went very well — and a few things did not go perfectly. Some students were guided to the incorrect classes, many buses ran behind, and no doubt almost every student, parent and teacher had something not go right.
In regards to transportation, our performance was unsatisfactory. It is important that our families understand that our transportation department is working diligently to correct any problems, and by the end of this first week, we believe you will see a marked improvement.
But what about the other side of the story? What went right?
- About 3/4ths of our 4,700 students ride a Little Miami bus. All of them had a safe bus ride to and from school. Our 60 buses cover an average of 5,000 miles each day (our district is a big one – 98 sq. miles).
- Hundreds of students ate breakfast, lunch, or both at school. There were healthy choices available (although more than a few French fries were eaten, too). For some students these were the best meals of their day. For some students these were the only meals of the day. Our cooks are amazing!
- Our more than 300 teachers, principals and other professional staff greeted students, helped them find their classes, began the teaching process and in general did an exceptional job. This did not happen by accident. Most teachers spend much of their summer preparing for the next school year so that things get off to a great start.
- Schools were clean and grounds were manicured. Little Miami’s maintenance and custodians spent the summer making sure all of our schools were school-ready: walls were painted, bathrooms were cleaned, floors were waxed, and more.
- Secretaries and other office staff greeted students, and we all know that as the year goes along, these people will handle thousands of jobs and virtually every one of those jobs will in some way impact students. Little Miami is proud of its hardworking employees!
- District administrators, principals and school board members spent much of their time making sure the district is focused on doing what is right for students. The coordination of 4,700 plus students, 300 plus staff and six school buildings does not happen by accident, and it won’t happen at all if someone is not paying attention to detail.
Please feel free to share “what went right” with our communication office from time to time. When teachers do a great job — tell them (this goes for all of us: parents, colleagues, bosses, etc.). When your kids experience success — celebrate! When you see something that needs to be improved – tell those involved, and be part of the solution.
Here’s to a great 2016-2017 school year!