After delaying an operating levy request for the past two years, the Upper Arlington Board of Education is returning to voters on the November 8, 2022, ballot with a 6.9-mill operating levy request to provide funding to maintain the district’s high-quality educational program.
“Amid the difficulties that families and residents have faced over the past two years, our school district has been good stewards to our community by creatively stretching our financial resources so that we did not have to return to voters until this fall,” said Board of Education President Lori Trent.
The role of the school district in an operating levy request is to provide factual information so that community members may make an informed decision on November 8. Below is a sampling of the frequently asked questions available at www.uaschools.org/LevyFAQ.aspx. The district will be adding to the questions and answers as it hears from community members this fall. If you have questions, please contact [email protected].
This summer, Upper Arlington Schools Superintendent Paul Imhoff, Ed.D., announced that he will retire in January 2023, sharing that his 10 years in Upper Arlington have been the most memorable of his 30-plus years career in public schools.
“We have amazing students, the most dedicated and talented teachers, and an incredibly supportive community,” Imhoff said. “Our own children are both UAHS graduates, and our family will always be Golden Bears.”
We are incredibly excited to have all of our students and our staff back for the 2022-2023 school year!
In the days leading up to the first day of school on August 16, we were thrilled to welcome our amazing staff and have everyone back together to kick off the new year. This year, we have more than 40 new teachers joining our team. While the majority of them were hired for existing open positions, as of the deadline this publication, the Board of Education did approve hiring for three new positions due to enrollment growth at the elementary level.
Enrollment growth presents an exciting challenge for our schools and our community. As of the start of the school year, our enrollment has risen to approximately 6,300 students and will likely continue to grow throughout the year. We’ll be providing updates on staffing and enrollment to the Board of Education this fall with more details.
Andrew L. Geistfeld, Treasurer / CFO
Providing clear and transparent communication about the state of the finances of the Upper Arlington Schools is one of the district’s major commitments to the community. We go to great lengths to compile thorough and transparent financial reports and documents, and to make them available to the community on our Treasurer’s Office website.
Throughout the Board of Education’s Listen Learn Lead community engagement process, it became clear that we needed to increase community members’ awareness of these resources so that all of our stakeholders may be better informed about the district’s use of taxpayer dollars.
Upper Arlington Schools, the Upper Arlington Education Foundation & Alumni Association, and the Upper Arlington Historical Society have collaborated on a project to archive historical images from Jones Middle School as it prepares to celebrate its 100th year in 2024.
Framed images housed in the halls of Jones Middle School celebrate generations of alumni through graduating class composites and individual collages honoring distinguished alumni in what is known as the “Tradition Hall.” Given the age of some of these images and their frames, some are deteriorating or are in need of repair.
Through this collaborative effort, these images were removed during the summer from the walls and digitally scanned with the assistance of the Columbus Library to preserve this important history for alumni and the community.
Staff members honored for excellence, service
Congratulations to the staff members who were honored at a staff ceremony in August!
Receiving district-level employee of the year awards were: