January = School Board Appreciation Month

In January, The Ohio School Boards Association and school districts across Ohio celebrate the work of school boards. Goshen Local Schools will recognize our Board of Education members on Monday, January 11th at the regular business meeting. As a part of our celebration, Mr. Edwards will present Deborah Gray, John Gray, John Benthien, Julie Casey, and Bill Herrera with certificates of appreciation and thank them for their service. 

As citizens who serve children and represent their communities, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. Yet, few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of the board member's responsibilities. All Ohioans should recognize the vital contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the crucial role these elected public officials play in the education of our children. They make a difference for students.

 Here are a few highlights of the board of education's work over the past year:

  • The Board of Education set a very clear direction for the school district that it was important to develop an effective Return to Learn Plan that allowed for students to learn in person, at school, while providing options for those that did not want to return to school or could not due to family circumstances. 
  • They supported the administration in aligning resources to ensure the safe return based upon the medical experts’ advice of returning safely with the protocols in place of distancing, masking, ventilation, disinfection, and hygiene. 
  • We are particularly proud that our board invested in a one to one technology initiative where each student has their own laptop, teachers use Google Classroom, and assignments are posted there. 
  • The Board invested in a Bipolar Needlepoint Ionization System to provide clean air and kill the 99.4% of the airborne coronavirus on all HVAC systems.  
  • Staffing was covered by adding full-time substitute teachers.  While money was responsibly spent, finances were invested in this return to make it as safe as possible for our students and staff based upon all impacted parties’ input--staff, parents, and administration input.   We have been able to maintain in-person learning to this point in the school year.
  • Monthly reports on student achievement, historical trend data, Local Report Card and financial data are made to the Board of Education. This data is used to help set district goals and make decisions. Board committees include the Finance Committee where data is used to make decisions, the CIP/Curriculum Committee where data is used to make academic improvement decisions, and the Facilities Committee where data on facilities was used to make decisions on short-term facilities needs.
Under the Board's leadership the following accolades were recognized over the past year:
 
  • Goshen High School was recognized as the top high school in Clermont County by the US News and World Report, in the top 10% of the State of Ohio, and the top 8% nationally.  
  • Goshen Local Schools was named a “Top Workplace” by the Cincinnati Enquirer for the 3rd year in a row.
  • Marr/Cook Preschool was identified as a “Five Star Step Up to Quality” preschool for the 3rd year in a row.
  • The district continues to focus on supporting the mental health needs of students with the implementation of PBIS, a full-time mental health specialist, the Ascend Academy and the implementation of the Hope Squad.
  • 98.6% Graduation Rate
  • College and Career Readiness continues to be a focus in the district.  We offer 18 dual credit courses on campus for college credit and 12 Advanced Placement courses.
  • GHS students earned 1810 college credit hours on our GHS campus.
  • We have increased the number of students taking Advanced Placement classes at GHS to 148 students.  86 students received a passing score. There were a total of 32 AP Scholars, National AP Scholars, Scholars with Distinction, or Scholars with Honor.  These numbers have increased dramatically over the past 5 years.
  • 175 GMS students are earning high school credit across 5 different classes.
  • We have increased the number of industry credentials offered on campus to help the Prepared for Success portion of the local report card.   257 industry credentials were earned last year on campus.
  • The board continued its diligence with promoting school safety by reviewing and amending the school safety and emergency response plans.