A Note From Superintendent Sawyers
One Team - One Family
On August 19, New Albany - Plain Local Schools welcomed back over 5,050 students and 655 staff members to our learning campus. Last year, we successfully navigated the challenging rollercoaster of hybrid, fully remote, all-in, and fully virtual attendance models to prove that, “we are stronger together” by working tirelessly to put “Students First”.
As we continue to actively listen and benefit from a high level of care and involvement, it is clear that there is a great deal of community pride for our students, staff, and schools. While well earned, we accept the responsibility and accountability to continue to improve for our students.
Our community can help us fulfill our commitment to excellence to be the best district in Ohio by coming together for the betterment of all students.
Political divisions as a society are more acute today than ever. When it comes to our school district however, I respectfully ask everyone to leave partisan politics outside our doors and remember that collectively we are acting for what is in the best interest of all of our children. As a school community, we need to identify shared priorities that permit us to create safe, supported, and connected schools. While there may never be consensus on certain issues, I know we can agree we want what is best for the children of this community. Collectively, we must focus on preparing our students for the worlds of higher education, the military and employment, without making every issue that will undoubtedly come our way about partisan politics. I invite you to join us as we work to build an inclusive campus culture where every child is safe, supported, and connected, where we treat everyone with respect and kindness, and our actions and words demonstrate that we are, “One Team, One Family”.
Summer recess provided an opportunity for us to continue to implement necessary capital repairs and replacements to sustain our beautiful school facilities and campus. Some of our summer projects underway include replacing original chillers installed at our Primary School and McCoy Center for the Arts, concrete sidewalk replacements and repairs, LED lighting retrofitting, painting, vinyl floor and carpet replacement, MS/HS cafeteria equipment, exterior doors, security cameras, and more. All of these replacements are part of our capital repair and replacement schedule funded by the permanent improvement levy passed in 2017 and general revenue fund dollars set aside by the administration and Board of Education.
Our statement of purpose, to create a culture of accountability that achieves the best academic and developmental outcomes for each student, remains at the core of everything we will continue to do in our schools. In the fall, we will publicly report on our 2020-21 benchmark goals and data to establish our continuous improvement plan for the 2021-22 school year that will include accountability for academic learning and growth, well-being, finances, and our school culture. We will continue to integrate the R Factor into our daily habits by actively practicing the six disciplines to influence the outcomes produced knowing that we must be prepared to adjust and adapt to meet the needs of all students as we reunite for the 2021-22 school year in-person.
It’s time for our Eagles to soar into the 2021-22 school year! Get ready to “Own Your R”, and help us build an inclusive campus culture that permits us to demonstrate daily that as a community, we are “One Team, One Family”.
Sincerely,Michael L. Sawyers