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,