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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 believe—that 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 isn’t good news, I don’t 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
BOE MEETING CHANGE
The RV Board of Education has changed the location of their regular board meeting from Thursday, September 10 from the River Valley High School to Tri Rivers Career Center (2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd., Marion) in Room 104. The meeting will still be held at 6:00pm as previously announced.