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River Valley Local Schools
197 Brocklesby Rd.
Caledonia, OH  43314
Mr. Jim Peterson, Superintendent
Phone: (740) 725-5401
Fax: (740) 725-5499

Mrs. Nancy Lemke, Secretary to the Superintendent
Phone: (740) 725-5401

The River Valley Local Schools serve approximately 2,000 students in Marion and Morrow counties.  Formed in 1962, the River Valley Local School District has a proud tradition of academic achievement.

Back-to-School 2015-2016

Dear River Valley Parents and Community Members:

River Valley Local Schools are off to a great start this year. Please join me in offering a warm welcome to new and returning students and staff. As we begin the 2015-2016 school year, I have good news to share.

Thanks to the work of the custodial staff and bus mechanic, the buildings and buses are in great shape to start the year. Their work is very much appreciated.

This year the entire staff will continue to work in teams to improve student achievement across the board. Through strong teams and positive relationships, we expect to see clear results that will confirm what we believethat River Valley is an outstanding district by any standards.

To support the important work that teachers and students do, we have received some valuable financial information. This makes possible several important changes.

First of all, Liberty Elementary received a $600,000.00 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. The grant will fund an after school enrichment program this school year. The program will offer students opportunities for extra help in meeting state content standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that will compliment their regular academic programs; and offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

Second, the state has approved a budget that has increased funding for River Valley. Because of the increased state funding, some classes that were cut in 2008 will be reinstated. The new classes will allow students more options and opportunities. In addition, due to the new state budget, the Board does not anticipate returning to the voters for a new levy this fall. If that isnt good news, I dont know what is!

Finally, with football season already here, you will soon notice the new football scoreboard. All the funds for the scoreboard will come from advertising costs, not taxpayer dollars. The tennis courts were refurbished this summer, with a third of the total cost coming from private donations.  This is great news for our student athletes.

There is no better way for a superintendent of schools to begin a school year than with great news for both students and community. I look forward to another year of excellence, success, and progress. Please join me in supporting our students here at the Valley.


Jim Peterson, Superintendent



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