Dear West Clermont Community,
Getting ready for the next school year, this summer was a particularly busy one for our schools. We continued work on school construction, teachers continued to take classes and professional development and we worked to slowly reinstate some services that were lost to deep cuts over the years.
Moreover, our financial picture is a solid one. In fact, much of what we are able to do is due to our conservative fiscal operations and in thanks to all staff taking complete pay freezes for many years. As a result, we emerged from being in “fiscal caution” by the state to now rebuilding West Clermont into the district our young people need and deserve.
Here is an overview of some of what has occurred this summer.
High School Construction:
The planning phase for the new West Clermont High School is wrapping up and we look forward to seeing construction equipment moving in this month. This new high school, opening Fall 2017, will serve the needs of students and be a central gathering point for our community – all at zero additional cost to taxpayers.
ClassroomRenovations for WCMS:
Our Maintenance Department has been hard at work this summer renovating classrooms at what will become the West Clermont Middle School (WCMS). Thanks to their work, over 30 classrooms will be updated. This project is funded through existing Permanent Improvement funds.
We are redesigning transportation so that all K-8 students have service starting on August 19. As we return service, we are looking for ways to make the system more efficient in order to shorten bus routes and save costs. This will involve changing some bus stops as we work to make sure our students get to and from school safely. Please drive cautiously as our students return to school on August 19th.
Services for Students:
The West Clermont STEM Center, which will serve gifted students in grades 4 and 5, will open at capacity this fall. In addition, all elementary students will be able to participate in additional Art, Music, Physical Education and, for the first time, Technology starting in August.
This has been a very busy summer in West Clermont and we are looking forward to the return of our students and staff for what we expect will be a terrific school year.
Dr. Keith Kline, Superintendent