Upper Arlington City Schools News Article

Superintendent's Notes: Safety town hall, elementary groundbreakings

An update from Superintendent Paul Imhoff, Ed.D.
Safety remains a top priority for our schools, and we are continuing the important conversation about school safety with our staff, Upper Arlington safety officials, and the families and residents in our community.     

On April 24, we hosted our second annual School Safety Town Hall Meeting, honoring a commitment we made to the community last year. The meeting was an opportunity for families and residents to learn more and ask questions about our work to implement the safety recommendations approved by the Board of Education last summer. 

Joining me for the town hall were Police Chief Steven Farmer and Fire Chief Lyn Nofzinger, who are great partners for our district and are committed to the safety of our schools. We reviewed safety improvements that have been implemented over the past year, including an expansion of the school resource officer program to all Upper Arlington schools and a background check process for all contractors working on our school construction projects. We also outlined improvements coming for the 2019-2020 school year, including a new visitor management system that will efficiently complete a background check for every visitor to our schools.  

As a district, we also believe that the well-being of our students and staff is at the heart of school safety. At the town hall meeting, Director of Academic Affairs Andy Hatton, Ed.D., and Associate Director of Student Services Jaclyn Angle, Ed.D., shared more about the work surrounding this focus for our next iteration of the strategic plan. 

Following our presentation, we answered questions from parents and community members in attendance.

To see the presentation and a video of the full meeting, please visit www.uaschools.org/safety.

Elementary groundbreaking ceremonies

Over the next few weeks, fencing and equipment will begin appearing on the sites of Barrington, Greensview, Tremont and Wickliffe elementary schools in preparation for the start of construction as the school year ends.

Please join us on the afternoon of Sunday, May 19 as our students lead us in breaking ground for these first four elementary school projects:
  • Greensview, at 12:30 p.m. on the blacktop behind the school; 
  • Wickliffe, at 1:45 p.m. on the blacktop near the field; 
  • Tremont, at 3 p.m. on the front lawn north of the kindergarten playground; 
  • and Barrington, at 4:15 p.m. on the blacktop off the gymnasium. 

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be moved inside the school gymnasium. Please look for updates that day on our website, www.uaschools.org, or the district Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

Windermere’s groundbreaking ceremony will follow in the spring of 2020.

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