Batavia Local Schools

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Batavia, OH 45103
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Bulldog Bulletin

Bulldog Bulletin
Bulldog Bulletin - November 11, 2019
Posted 11/11/2019 at 3:11:45 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

I hope this edition of the Bulldog Bulletin finds you well.


First things first, apparently it’s time to start talking about winter weather.


In general, the goal is always to make a decision about a delay or closing by 5:45am, and in the case of a delay, the goal is always to have that be the final decision.  However, the weather, as we all know in Southwest Ohio, is a fickle friend, and in the rare scenario that we are on a delay and it has to change to being closed, that decision is made no later than 7:30am.


As far as communication, social media is always updated first, followed by the phone system, and then the school website.  The news is notified via a weather hotline, but there is usually a lag between notifications and T.V. postings, especially when Districts are calling all at once, so social media is your best bet to get the information right away.


On the social media front, we realized recently that while we thought we were posting to Facebook during all of the 2018-2019 school year, it turns out the method we were using to post via smartphone quit working at some point, and, well, we didn’t know.  The good news is we do now, and we are back to posting on the District page…(search Batavia Local Schools to find it). The page is way overdue for a spring cleaning...we’ll be working on that soon.


While we were busy fixing our Facebook connection, we also finally created a District Instagram account (bataviaschools).  While we still love our Twitter accounts, we’ll be diversifying the content we put on the sites, and will be doing more academic features on the Facebook/Instagram side, while the Twitter side will continue to be the more day to day happenings of the District.  However, we’ll be publishing upcoming dates to all of the platforms, so you don’t miss anything regardless of the social channel you use most often.


On the building project, I’m excited to announce that Elevar has been chosen as the architect that will be designing the new buildings, and we held a kickoff meeting last week to officially begin the design process.  The very first step will be to host a series of visioning exercises to talk about the future of education and gather input on how the building spaces should be designed in order to best meet the needs of students, teachers, and the community.  At the end of this process a vision document will be produced that will inform the design process for the buildings.


Part of the visioning process will include a community wide session that will be held at Batavia High School from 5:15 - 6:45 on Wednesday, December 4th.  I hope you will be able to attend and lend your voice and insights to this important step in the building project.


All the best,



Bulldog Bulletin - October 1, 2019
Posted 10/1/2019 at 8:44:22 AM by Keith Millard [staff member]

With the current heat wave we are experiencing you'd never know that we have turned the page and are now in October!  It's always hard to believe how fast the school year goes as we are only two weeks away from the end of the first quarter. Across the District it has been a great start to the school year, and it's been exciting to see our students involved in so many different positive educational and extracurricular activities on a daily basis.

On the construction front, this week we are working on the process of selecting an architect for the school building portion of the project, and hope to be able to make a formal announcement about the firm we will be partnering with before Thanksgiving.  Once an architect is in place, we will be able to finalize the timeline for when construction is anticipated to begin and we will share those details as soon as they are available.

With the current athletic complex renovation, we are anticipating opening the visitor's concession stand, restrooms, and pressbox for the home football game on October 11th against New Richmond.  Work on the softball field and the new maintenance/athletic barn is just about complete, and we anticipate that the baseball portion of the complex will be completed by the first part of November. Already our facilities are generating significant interest from throughout Southwest Ohio, as we potentially will be hosting several regional playoff soccer matches during the last half of October.  The construction photo site was also recently updated with a number of new photos, and can be accessed here.

For our middle and high school students, we once again will be partnering with the Coalition for a Drug Free Clermont County in administering the bi-annual Pride survey to students in grades 7-12 on October 9th.  More information about this important survey can be found here.

While it is only October (and hot), the holiday season is right around the corner.  The District has a number of strong partnerships with local community service agencies, and for those families that may be in need during the holiday season, now is the time to connect with local agencies that provide holiday assistance.  The links below will take you to the specific registration sites (again, if you anticipate needing to connect with any of these organizations, the time to do it is will be too late by the middle of November).

Inter Parish Ministry (Christmas)

Christian Help Center (Thanksgiving soon, Christmas TBA)

Salvation Army (Christmas)

Another resource for families that need to connect with support resources in Clermont County is the new Family Support Resources section on the District website.  This site was recently updated with information from the Clermont County Mental Health and Recovery Board.

Finally, the local report card was recently released for all schools in the State of Ohio.  As a District there are parts of the report card where we have continued to make progress, and other areas where we are investing additional resources in order to meet our mission of continuous improvement as we strive to meet the needs of all learners.  The report card can be a pretty complicated thing when you get just under the surface of it, and for those who are interested, I will be hosting two report card sharing and discussion opportunities on Tuesday, October 8th from 6 - 7 in the library at Batavia High School and on Thursday, October 17th from 6 - 7 in the library at Batavia Middle School. 


I hope it has been a good start to the year for you and your family, and I hope to see you out and about in the School District soon.


All the best,


Bulldog Bulletin - August 12, 2019
Posted 8/12/2019 at 10:18:29 PM by Keith Millard [staff member]

Welcome back to school for the 2019-2020 school year!  The coming year promises to be one filled with excitement as we open our renovated athletic facilities, begin the planning process for our new school buildings, and continue the work of enhancing our academic programs to ensure high quality learning opportunities for every Batavia student.

In spite of all the rain we had in the early summer, the main stadium field and concession stand are tentatively scheduled to be finished by August 23rd, the visitors concession stand and press box by the end of September, and the remainder of the fields by the end of November.  We are on schedule to hold our stadium field dedication ceremony during our home football opener against Williamsburg on August 30th.

For the school building portion of the project, we received final official approval from the State planning agency in July along with State fiscal approval just last week, which means we are now at the stage where we are beginning the process of selecting an architect to design the buildings.  We expect to have an architect selected by the end of October, and once this happens there will be community input opportunities as the design process unfolds.

As we head into the new school year, a new tool we now have available is a mobile app for our school safety hotline.  Click here to view a flyer that has instructions on how to download the app for your mobile device.  This flyer also contains information on the other ways in which the school safety hotline can be accessed in the event that safety information needs to be shared with a school. Also, the District is required to provide annual notice on a number of policies, including Positive Behavior Supports, Student Records, Harrassment/Bullying, Title I Programs, and Student Discipline. Please click here to view the complete list of annual notices electronically. If you would like to request paper copies, please send an email to, and in the subject line please put 'annual notice paper copy request'.

For those families whose students ride the bus to school, the first few days of school always bring transportation delays, especially on the way home from school.  Generally the busses start to run mostly on time after the first week of school, but until then please be patient and know that we work to eliminate delays as quickly as possible into the new school year.

Finally, for parents who may have extra time now that school is back in session, an excellent way to earn additional income while also helping the school district is to become a substitute bus driver.  Paid training is offered and it is a schedule that works perfectly for families with school aged children. For more information, please contact Shawn Young at

I am very excited for the coming school year, and can't wait to see everyone back to school on Wednesday, August 14th!

All the best,


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