The 2015 – 2016 school year for students begins Thursday and because of an increase in funding from the State of Ohio, we are able to reinstate a limited number of student programs and services in line with the Huber Heights City Schools Strategic Plan. Developed with staff, students, parents, and community members, the HHCS Strategic Plan identifies critical areas within the school district that need improvement in order to ensure student success.
Programs restored include the following: At the elementary level, the district hired 2.5 elementary art teachers in order to restore a comprehensive K – 12 art program. Research shows that art experiences increase critical thinking by teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world. Art also provides students the opportunity to apply many mathematical concepts in a creative manner.
At Weisenborn Junior High, two reading intervention teachers were added for seventh and eighth graders expanding both support and intervention for students scoring below proficient in the area of reading.
At Wayne High School, in order to bring back some elective course offerings which had been reduced, the district hired one business teacher, one art teacher, and one intervention specialist.
At the district level, three additional paraprofessional positions were returned in order to provide full-time library services in our five elementary schools and our junior high and high school. Previously, a staffed library was only available to students 2.5 days per week.
Another very important position that additional funding has allowed the district to reinstate is that of attendance officer. This position works with administrators and staff at all levels to monitor and improve student attendance. This individual will also connect families and students that need assistance with resources available in and around our community.
Utilizing the districts strategic plan as a road map and as additional resources become available, we will continue to focus on providing direct support to students in order to increase student academic growth and provide all students with a comprehensive educational program.
As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.