Superintendent

From the Desk of the Superintendent

August 2022

The 2022-2023 school year is almost here; this one holds more excitement than most for the community as we look forward to our students filing into the new PK-8 building for the first day of school. Of course, when that first day will take place has been the subject of much speculation over the course of the summer.

Quite frankly, workforce shortages and supply chain delays have hampered the construction schedule for the PK-8 building, particularly in the pod that houses our students in grades 6-8. As construction progressed this summer, the district was faced with two options. One, to ensure that the building was completed in all areas before school began, the district could delay the opening of the entire PK-8 building. The district has always strongly believed that it is was imperative to get our students into the new building as soon as possible, so this was never a viable option for the district to consider. Two, Adena could focus most of their resources on the PK-5 wings to ensure substantial completion of those areas. This would hopefully allow the students in grades PK-5 to start school on September 6, with the outside hope that the 6-8 pod would also be completed by September 6th.

We are excited to announce that with the support and tremendous effort by the Ohio Facility Construction Commission (OFCC), Adena, construction manager, Garmann Miller, architect, as well as all of the subcontractors, the school year will begin as scheduled on September 6th for all students in grades 1-12. As is tradition, kindergarten and preschool students will start school a week later. However, there are two small caveats to the start of the school year.

First, on September 6th, school will begin in the PK-8 building for students in grades 1-5; unfortunately, students in grades 6-8 will have to attend classes in the “old” middle school for a few weeks while the 6-8 wing is fully completed. For that, I do apologize.

Second, certain construction and inspection milestones have to be met and approved by local and state jurisdictions before the district can take occupancy of the PK-8 building. The OFCC, Adena and the district are confident that these milestones will be met to allow school to begin on September 6, but please understand, if they are not, the start date for the school year could be pushed back a week or so until those milestones are resolved. If this were to happen, the district will communicate this information to you immediately. As mentioned earlier, the district strongly believes that it is imperative to get our students into the new building as soon as possible, even if the school is not 100% completed. As a result, as the school year begins, finishing touches will be taking place on certain aspects of the building during the evenings and on the weekends. Thank you for your understanding.

Moving all of our students onto one campus is very exciting, but it does create change, which can certainly be challenging at times. Please know that for several months, the Shelby staff has been laying out plans to ensure a smooth transition for students, staff and families. Throughout this newsletter, you will find information that will answer many of the questions you have about the new school and how it may impact your child or family. If you don’t find the answer to your questions, please call 419-342-3647 (DOGS). Ultimately, we want you to be as well informed as possible, so please, don’t hesitate to ask questions.

The summer of 2022 has most certainly been busy for Shelby households but I hope you have been able to spend time together and enjoy some fun family activities before the start of the school year. Thanks again for your incredible support, stay safe; go Whippets!

Tim Tarvin
Superintendent, Shelby City Schools

Superintendent’s Message March 2022

Much like the famous roller coasters at Cedar Point, Ohio is also known for its up and down weather patterns. Hopefully, we are nearly through the worst of the winter weather and the first signs of spring are just around the corner.  

As we head into the last stretch of this school year, I want to emphasize that it is still vitally important that we continue to be diligent about our COVID practices, because if we are not, our numbers can quickly resemble a rollercoaster. Please continue to monitor your children’s health and keep them at home if they are running a fever or displaying any symptoms associated with COVID-19. It is this spirit of cooperation that has helped our schools stay open throughout the entire school year, thus far. Thank you for your help!

Construction of Shelby’s new PK-8 building is still on track to be completed for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. However, the construction schedule is very tight and also calls for the middle school to be abated and the two-story academic wing to be demolished beginning the week of May 30.  What’s more, Auburn and Dowds Elementary Schools are slated to be turned over to their new owners early in June. In order to prepare for these transitions, ensure timelines are met and allow staff time to get rooms packed up by May 27, the Shelby Board of Education recently voted to change the last day of the 2021-2022 school year from Thursday, May 26 to Friday, May 20. Please note: this change is for students only. The calendar for Shelby School District employees has not been altered.

Please know that the decision to alter the school calendar was not taken lightly. Ultimately, the change was necessary when taking the construction schedule and other variables into consideration; we certainly appreciate families’ flexibility and understanding regarding this change. While constructing and moving into a new building is an exciting opportunity for students, staff and the community, the district certainly does not hope to create hardships for families.

And speaking of changes…the very fact that we are moving four different buildings into one all-encompassing facility will require a variety of changes for the school district, students and parents.  Whether it is students and staff learning the configuration of a new building, or parents becoming accustomed to new traffic patterns, please know the Shelby staff has been brainstorming and laying out plans to make the transition to the PK-8 building as smooth as possible. In the upcoming months, the administration and principals will be sharing information with students and parents to help answer questions and serve as a guide for a memorable opening day when we begin school on September 6, 2022.  

 As always, if you have questions about an article in this newsletter, or anything else for that matter, please feel free to contact the Board of Education office at your convenience.

Thanks again for your incredible support, stay safe; go Whippets!

 

Tim Tarvin
Superintendent, Shelby City Schools

Contact Information

Tim Tarvin
Superintendent
25 High School Avenue
Shelby, Ohio 44875
Phone (419) 342-3520
Fax (419) 347-3586

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