Superintendent, Paul Imhoff
My family and I became part of the Upper Arlington family in 2013, and we quickly learned what has drawn people to this special place for so many years. It's more than the tree-lined streets and beautiful parks - it's a deep sense of community pride and cooperation.
While I am proud to be a member of this great community and a parent in this fantastic school district, I am humbled to serve as its superintendent. It is an honor to work with this fine group of educators as they make a positive impact in the lives of our students. I am invigorated by the thoughts of what is yet to come. Over the next few years, we will be laying the groundwork to build upon the district's tradition of excellence and reach even greater levels of achievement and opportunity for all students.
If you have any ideas or questions about our schools, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.
Several opportunities coming up to learn more and get involved
This is truly a momentous time for Upper Arlington. Our community will soon be celebrating its centennial year, and as we do, we will be taking a huge step into our second century as we begin to work together to design a new high school and five new or renovated elementary schools.
Just a few weeks ago, voters approved Issue 43 to move forward with the first phase of the master plan — which reflects the work of hundreds of community volunteers and more than 8,000 touch points with residents during the nearly three-year facilities master planning process.
Throughout the master planning process, our theme was “your voice matters,” and that will continue to be true as we move forward.
We will launch the master plan design phase at community-wide meetings in December. Sessions will be offered at 7 p.m. December 4 at Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Rd., and at 9 a.m. December 5 at Mountview Christian Church, 2140 Fishinger Rd.
Through these meetings and an online signup on our website, we will form building design teams of community members and staff members interested in being involved in designing a new high school and five new or renovated elementary schools.
We will also form a district-wide “green team” of community volunteers with an interest in exploring environmental best practices for the new or renovated buildings. And we will be reaching out to residents living in close proximity to the buildings in the coming weeks for neighbor committees that will meet throughout the design and construction process to gather feedback and input on the project.
We want to ensure that our community, our staff and our students have every opportunity to work together to develop a design plan that will serve Upper Arlington well into our second century.
I hope you'll join us on the evening of December 4 or the morning of December 5 to learn more about how to get involved over the next 12 to 15 months — because your voice matters! Please watch your mailbox and look for signups for the building design teams and the green team our website, www.uaschools.org/facilities, beginning on December 4.
Also on our website, you can find our third annual Quality Profile (QP). This accountability document is designed to go above and beyond the information in the state report card, which is largely dependent on the scores of single-day government tests.
The Quality Profile was developed three years ago during our strategic planning process by a team of volunteers from our community and our staff. Each year our staff updates the data, and then we turn to the community for feedback so we can keep improving with each edition of the QP.
If you visit www.uaschools.org/qualityprofile, you’ll see that the document is organized around the five goals of our strategic plan: performance, personalization, efficiency, accountability and ownership. It’s a quick read, and it will give you insight into everything from how our students’ scores on college entrance exams compare with the state and national averages to how our community feels about the quality of education we’re providing our students.
I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read the Quality Profile and then click on the link to share your thoughts on how we can continue to improve, not only the document but also the services we are providing our community.
State of the Schools
Mark your calendars! Our fourth-annual State of the Schools will take place on Monday, February 5. This is an excellent opportunity to hear updates on the district and see some of the impressive work of our talented students and staff.
I hope you’ll join us on February 5!
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or (614) 487-5030.
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