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District Profile

District Profile: Waynesfield-Goshen Local School District

 

The Board of Education appreciates the opportunity to link a district profile to the State Report Card.

 

Please access additional information, based on your interest, under our “Schools” link, either Middle & High School or Elementary School, and also under “Departments” athletics and other.  The links will illustrate a number of educational programs, extracurricular activities, and district initiatives not related to testing (14 of 16 elements of the state report card are based on standardized state tests).

We also encourage you to explore other elements on our web site and on our Facebook page.

 

Whereas the Board of Education is committed to broad-based opportunities and high quality educational experiences for the children attending the W-G School District; the Board of Education established the following vision, mission, and on-going goals for the district:

 

VISION: Prepare every student today for a successful tomorrow

 

MISSION: To help every student, every day, learn, grow, and feel like a real human being

 

Goals Summary:

  • Student academic achievement as measured by results on district approved formative and summative assessments.
  • Implementation of career exploration, character, and developmental programs to assure that each student has a sense of direction and is successful after high school.
  • Help all students foster a growth mindset in order to help them take ownership of their academic success.  Premise: Smart is something you become, not something you are.
  • Maintain the fiscal stability of the district and ensure decision making is based on quality, cost effectiveness, and return-on-investment.

 

One of the top priorities of the Board of Education is to help all families in the district.  The Board took formal action to eliminate all sports fees, school supply/workbook fees, and to expand and offer Preschool at no cost.  The Board wanted to knock down any potential barrier to student attendance and/or participation.  All fee and tuition waivers are contingent on district finances in future years.

Demographics:

W-G is a small rural district, consisting primarily of 63 square miles of agriculture in eastern Auglaize County (12 miles southeast of Lima, Ohio), currently serving 530 students Pre-K- 12. 

The district consists of Wayne Township (Waynesfield Village, 800 residents), Goshen Township (New Hampshire Village, 250 residents), and part of Union Township. 

The school is the largest employer in the district. 

We welcome open enrollment students. Come be a part of our small caring district.

W-G is the Center of the Community:

Many activities happen at W-G, from the Muchinippi Theater Group performances, Winterfest, Concerts, Musicals and Plays, Veterans Day Breakfast, Town Hall meetings, community youth baseball, basketball, volleyball, and midget football, prayer vigils, a number of memorials/ funerals have been held in the gymnasium, and other special events.  The Homecoming parade, powder puff game and mock homecoming court, and Bon Fire is a strongly supported community tradition.  All athletic events are well attended.  Student concerts, musicals, and a dinner theatre have been strongly supported by the community. See information under Schools “Middle & High School” for some pictures.

Village Council holds public hearings in the dedicated community room in the Board Office Building; where another room was recently dedicated to the Wayne-Goshen Historical Society for their use. 

A partnership with the Village of Waynesfield resulted in banners (Flags and W-G Tigers) throughout the village.  Wayne Township Fire Department does prom promise; have hosted a prayer vigil for two students and a blood drive dedicated to another student at the school.    

We work closely with the White Memorial Library, walking students there often.  We offer religious studies just off campus for one nine week period.  The four churches sponsor school supplies, clothing, food, and other items for our students. 

Everyone knows everyone and there is significant community involvement in the operation of the district.  Parents are in the building on a regular basis.  Academic Boosters, Athletic Boosters, and Music Boosters are very helpful.  Feedback from community members is positive and comments on our Facebook page reflect very strong local support for the district. 

Students help other students; HS students mentor (buddy up) with elementary students in a formal program.  There is a strong sense of community, caring, and support of one another.

 

Operational

Safety is a Very High Priority

In addition to the 80 page state plan submitted to the state and a solid set of annual emergency drills, we have a board approved 13 page security document, not public, on response to a crisis event.  There would be an immediate response to neutralize any threat. 

All staff have been trained in multiple areas of safety and security for multiple situations.  Police Chief Motter conducts safety and security training at the school and is in our school on a regular basis.  Auglaize County Sheriff Solomon and his team also have provided significant support with comprehensive training and has a deputy here daily. 

Last November every employee in the district, licensed and classified, received CPR, First Aid, and AED training and hold certification.  Following additional triage training by EMS a very realistic scenario was conducted by the Sheriff’s office, Chief Motter, and the Auglaize County Response team (EMS and law enforcement).  A full day of training will be conducted again this November with multiple law enforcement, Fire, and EMS personnel.

Financial Factors

W-G is financially stable and will be in good shape over the next two fiscal years.  With the changes to CAUV in SB36, lowering agricultural valuations, W-G will experience lower local money.  70% of all local real property funds are generated from agriculture.  Per the Cupp Report Current Operating Millage is 34.90 plus a 1% income tax; local tax effort index is 1.5373; which means local taxpayers are solidly supporting the district.   We greatly appreciate the support of district residents.

State funding will be flat to slightly declining based on the new two year budget (HB49).  We can only project for two years, the current biennium, as school funding factors have changed every two years for the past ten years.  This makes long-range planning extremely difficult.

 

Technology

Technology is a strength of the district.  We are fortunate to have a solid Technology Coordinator, Brian Shaw that has implemented and managed all infrastructure, a 1:1 program, and numerous instructional and administrative applications.

The Technology core is powered by a 10 gb Cisco Meraki switching network along with Cisco Meraki AC compatible Wifi network. This allows for our K-12 Chromebook 1:1 program to run without any delays.

Along with our 1:1 program, we also have virtual labs that are accessible from anywhere in the world with internet access and is powered by the reliable VMware infrastructure. Students, Teachers and Parents also have access the power Learning Management System (LMS) Schoology allowing for the management and delivery of learning content and resources to students who have “anytime, anywhere” access to learning.

Along with those systems, WG also uses the power Google Apps Suite of tools to provide a standardized platform where students and staff can learn and collaborate.

 

Transportation

Seven regular drivers and one sub cover the 63 square miles in an excellent manner under the direction of supervisor, Deb Ulrey.  Our goal is to be customer centered and we accommodate multiple arrangements to meet parent and babysitter needs.  We also transport to the career center, ESC units, Opportunity School, and run two mid-day preschool routes.  In addition our drivers readily accept additional assignments for transportation to all away athletic events, music/band, and field trips.

 

Food Service

Our food service team is customer service oriented and does an excellent job of moving all through the lunch lines.  Our staff has developed a variety of breakfast and lunch options that appeal to our students, while meeting regulations and delivering in a cost effective manner.  Food Service Director Angela Davis has done a very nice job of reorganizing the department, with a focus on continuous improvement and fiscal responsibility.

Buildings and Grounds

Our Operations Manager, Tim Buffenbarger, ensures all is taken care of across the campus.  Tim coordinates the five-year Permanent Improvement Plan as developed by the PI Plan Committee.  This past year Tim personally converted all lighting to LED in the main building and coordinated moving to all outdoor LED lighting.  We estimate a significant energy saving and the ROI on replacement could be up to ten times more life than the previous lighting.

Also within the plan we repaired all broken seating in the HS gym, Athletic Boosters paid for all new steel on the football concession stand, tiled the softball field, sealed and striped all parking lots, and put in a new HVAC control system.

The Lead Custodian, Casey Eagy, does a tremendous job of working with our custodial staff and I would put the cleanliness and condition of all of our buildings (1989, 1997, and 2008) as good as or better than any building in the state of Ohio.  Casey also assists Tim with maintenance and repair projects campus wide.  Our team of custodians do a great job and are customer service oriented.  We receive many compliments from outside groups we host about how great they are!

A pretty amazing and interesting side note:  every year the senior class votes for one teacher to receive the Academic Boosters year end Crystal Apple award at our Seniors Awards Breakfast.  The 2017 Crystal Apple winner was Jeff Tucker, our one daytime custodian!  Congratulations Jeff.

Building Secretaries

There are only two secretaries district wide, no additional support, and no school nurse; lean operation.

Mrs. Jodie Barns is responsible for Preschool through fifth grade and has many responsibilities as coordinated by Principal Tim Pence.  A key position with a significant scope of responsibility.

Mrs. Chris Andrews is responsible for everything from grade six through twelve (MS/HS).  She has significant responsibilities in working with Principal Becky Diglia, our Athletic Director, and Counselor.  Again a key position with a significant scope of responsibility.