It has been nearly two weeks since the Little Miami community voted to renew our district’s operating levy. As the dust has settled from campaign work, canvassing and get-out-the-vote efforts, I have had some time to reflect on what has been accomplished.
There are many who dedicated their time, talent and treasure to this campaign and for their dedication, I would like to extend my sincere thanks.
To Little Miami parent David Griggs and his team of volunteers, who worked tirelessly to get the word out to our voters about the need for this renewal, I think I can speak on behalf of our board and staff when I say we cannot say thank you enough for the hundreds of hours you dedicated to our schools.
To the Fosters Pointe and Heritage at Miami Bluffs communities, for hosting candidates nights and inviting Treasurer Terry Gonda and myself to speak about the renewal request, I thank you for asking us in.
And to the residents of our community who voted to approve our request by a significant margin, I am humbled by your support. I take from this a message of hope: Our community has seen the effects of fiscal crisis and is ready to put those days behind us. It is truly a new day at Little Miami.
Now, the hard work begins. Our staff is currently engaged in strategic planning meetings that will set the course for our district for next year and beyond. This is a slow and methodical process of prioritizing what we are able to do both short and long term.
Even though the levy strengthens Little Miami’s financial position there are still economic uncertainties that require us to take a disciplined approach towards programs and services. As we do this, we will be looking for input from our stakeholders. Our Business Advisory Council is already engaged in taking a renewed look at our financial health, and will serve as a sounding board for our Board of Education as we look at staffing, services and expenditures. We will be communicating with our community as we move forward to keep you informed of our progress.
As I knocked on doors during our campaign’s canvassing efforts, I spoke with many residents. Many were overwhelmingly supportive of our schools; some were not. From these exchanges, I was reminded once again how integral schools are to the fabric of a community. I am proud to be the superintendent of Little Miami Local Schools and I am excited to be part of this district’s next chapter.