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Superintendent's Message

Dennis Dunham

Dear South Range Community,

On behalf of the South Range Local School District Board of Education, staff and students, I am pleased to present the 2017/2018 Annual Report to the South Range Local School District community.  This is an exciting time to be part of our school community as evidenced in this report.  The 2017/2018 Annual Report offers a brief snapshot of our school system.  This report provides a variety of information related to our Strategic Plan Goals:  Academics, Communications, Finances and District Culture.  Our mission statement focuses on educating, empowering and enabling students to become caring and contributing citizens in a diverse global environment.  Our primary goal permits students to develop individual pathways to success while maintaining respect and responsibility for our community.

The South Range Local School District is honored to congratulate the Class of 2018 who, on May 26, 2018, became the forty-ninth graduating class from South Range High School.  Eighty-seven percent of our Class of 2018 Graduates will continue their education; 74% at a four year institution and 13% at a two-year school.  Twelve percent of the Class of 2018 will be the first in their family to attend college.   Our Class of 2018 Graduates will attend many colleges and universities across the nation.

Where did they go? 
(as reported by the Class of 2018)
Ashland University
Bowling Green State University
Central Ohio Technical College
Cleveland State University
Eastern Gateway Community College
Kent State University 
Kent State University at Salem
Malone University 
Ohio University
Ohio State University
Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute
Old Dominion University
Oregon Culinary Institute
Otterbein University
Purdue University
Robert Morris University
Slippery Rock University
Taylor University
University of Akron
University of Cincinnati
University of Kentucky
University of Toledo
University of Utah
West Virginia University
Westminster College
Youngstown State University

We wish the very best to our most recent alumni and thank the Class of 2018 for their contributions to the school district and community!

Golden Anniversary!

The 2018/2019 school year marks the start of the 50th Anniversary of the South Range Local School System.  To properly honor this momentous milestone, the Board of Education, administration and staff will be announcing many activities to recognize the past forty-nine years and upcoming school year.  We hope this year-long celebration will enable everyone to reunite with family and friends associated with South Range Schools and the entire South Range community.

District and Building Report Card Information

In June, the Ohio Department of Education released preliminary 2018 district report card data which included indicator percentages in 21 tested areas.  Our students performed significantly higher in the tested areas as compared to the 2016/2017 school year and they out-performed the state averages on every single indicator.  Student performance data is important because it tells the extent of student learning in core subjects and provides critical checkpoints for us to measure progress.  The students, staff and building level administration should be commended for maintaining a strong focus on improving student achievement.  The remaining report card data will be released in July and will include performance measures in the following components:  Achievement, Progress, Graduation Rate, Gap Closing, K-3 Literacy and Prepared for Success. All information relative to the 2018 District Report Card can be accessed on the ODE site @ education.ohio.gov later this month.

SR Baseball Team Wins State Championship!

Congratulations to the South Range High School baseball team who, on Saturday, June 2, 2018, earned the title of “Ohio High School Athletic Association Division III State Baseball Champions” with a 3-2 win over Coldwater High School.  With this win, the South Range Varsity Baseball Team became the 1st athletic varsity team in the 49 year history of SR Schools to earn a state championship title!   

The South Range Board of Education on June 11, 2018 recognized the team with a proclamation honoring the team.  “The players and coaches created a positive image for their peers and the citizens of the South Range community and surrounding areas.   The team exhibited outstanding athletic ability and great sportsmanship, both on and off the field, thereby bringing pride and recognition not only to the team itself, but also to the entire community and its citizens.” 

Striving Readers Grant

We are pleased to announce that South Range Local School District along with thirteen (13) other districts in the Mahoning County Educational Service Center’s Consortium was awarded a $1,200,000 literacy grant.  The grant will be implemented over a three year period and divided among districts for professional development and instructional resources.  The grant’s main focus is to “build on ongoing work to improve the language and literacy development of our state’s children.”  Ohio was awarded a $35 million Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Approximately 95 percent of the $35 million award will be distributed directly to local schools or early childhood providers to improve literacy outcomes for children from birth through grade 12. The three-year grant will focus on serving the greatest numbers of students living in poverty, students with disabilities, English Learners and students identified as having a reading disability.

School Safety and Emergency Planning

It is a delicate balance for a school district to secure its facilities and protect children and staff while promoting a welcoming atmosphere for all.  We understand that if students don’t feel safe, their ability to focus and concentrate on learning may be compromised.  As always, school safety continues to remain a vital piece to the teaching and learning process.  Our crisis/emergency plans have been customized to meet the specific and unique needs, capabilities and circumstances of our K-12 Campus.  Our Peace and Safety Committee meets frequently and continuously updates our district-wide plan.  The key component to our safety plan is to communicate the plan to our students and staff and to practice frequently.  This school year will provide the necessary time for staff and students to practice an emergency “off campus” drill. The exercises and drills will help to ensure the strategies in place provide for an effective crisis response and collaborative recovery.  
The Safe School Helpline was introduced during the 2016/2017 school year and will continue to be available for the upcoming year.  It is designed to assist students and parents in reporting any useful information that could potentially impact our schools, students or staff.  All reported information is anonymous, to protect reporter privacy.  

To access the Safe School Helpline from a touch tone phone, simply dial 1-800-4-1-VOICE (418-6423) ext. 359 and leave your information.  Your message will not be traced and you will not be identified.  The Safe School Helpline team will transcribe and fax your message to school officials, so appropriate action can be taken.  Magnetic cards and brochures were mailed to families with school age children over the past school year.  Additional questions may be directed to CPL. Brian Hartman, South Range Local School’s Resource Officer/Beaver Township Police at 330.549.2163.

As a reminder, we will continue our K-12 visitor management system by utilizing the Raptor system.  This system instantly screens for registered sex offenders and can assist in managing custody issues while screening all other visitors, including students, faculty and volunteers.  All visitors wishing to access the K-12 Campus will be asked to scan their driver’s license prior to gaining entry into the complex.

Stadium Project!

Athletic Boosters
The landscape of the Rominger Sports Complex has changed significantly over the past year.  Phases I and II are now complete at the new “Raiders Stadium.”  The Athletic Booster’s Capital Fundraising campaign completely funded the construction of our home and visitor grandstands, press box, LED field lighting, video scoreboard and overall electrical infrastructure at no cost to the district.  Phase III improvements to the complex have started with site work and construction of a home and visitor team/locker room that will also “double” as a wrestling room in the winter.   The team/locker room is a reality thanks to the generosity of Mr. Ralph Witmer who contributed to the project and also announced his desire to match any additional donations to help fund the project during the 2017/2018 The Time is Now campaign.  

Phases III and IV are critical components to the completion of the stadium project. Phases III and IV include the construction of the team room and will require additional funding to construct a plaza entrance, ticket booth, restrooms, concessions, fencing and parking lot improvements.  Since its inception, Athletic Booster members have been tireless in their desire to see improvements made to the Rominger Sports Complex.  Phases I and II have made a tremendous impact on our students and our community and with the community’s support, Phases III and IV will have an equal impact.

Music Boosters 
The South Range Music Boosters continue to raise funds to complete the “Mark and Linda Witmer Family” Band Shell that was constructed last fall.  Many community members have donated funds, labor and materials to partially complete the interior of the shell by pouring concrete, painting and installing electrical pathways and fixtures.  Fund raising for the Band Shell bleachers continues for the upcoming fall season.

The South Range Athletic Boosters, South Range Music Boosters and the South Range Schools Foundation have contributed to making the Stadium Project Phases I, II and III a reality. All Boosters members who lead the two privately funded initiatives for our separate Booster organizations should be commended for their dedication and support to our community.  This facility will continue to be a great resource for the entire South Range Community to utilize.  

Best Wishes! 

Over the past several months, the Board of Education accepted with regret the resignation for the purpose of retirement of Deena Suszynski and Mary Ann Lenyk.  Both employees will be missed by their colleagues and the entire South Range Family.  We wish our retirees a long, healthy and happy retirement.  
Three outstanding educators left a lasting impression with students, staff and community as their last day of service was May 31st.   Mr. Larry Barth, Mrs. Carol Hoff and Mrs. Cindy Maynard (retire/rehire) employees were part of a required reduction in force for the 2018/2019 school year.   They were very effective and dedicated professionals in all capacities and will be missed by their colleagues, students and the community in which they served.

Serving our Community!

At the January 11, 2018 organizational Board of Education meeting, Mr. Corey Yoakam was elected Board President and Mrs. Amy White was elected Vice-President for the 2018 calendar year.  Mr. Taylor Christian, Mrs. Terri Lally and Mr. Ralph Wince comprise the remainder of the Board whom dedicate a great deal of time and effort in caring for our students, staff and our community.


In closing, sincere thanks to the parents, community members and support organizations that continue to do extraordinary things for our students, staff, school district and community.

As always, I am available to answer any questions or listen to any concerns, ideas or thoughts that will benefit our school district.  Thanks for making the 2017/2018 school year a “Great Year to be a Raider!”

Dennis J. Dunham


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