Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! My hope is that you had a relaxing, enjoyable summer with plenty of time with family and friends. This has been an extremely busy summer for the School District and we are excited to have our students and staff back for another year. There are many things that have occurred over the summer that continue to move our District forward.
The most visible project is the opening of the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School. We enjoyed sharing this facility with our community on August 17 and all the work paid off as students entered the building for the first day. This facility will support the educational programming, teaching and learning for generations to come. Additionally, this offers a community gathering space for our local nonprofits and school support organizations to expand their offerings having a positive cultural and economic impact on our community. I would like to commend the students, staff and parents that dealt with our temporary classroom village on the 7-12 campus while this work was being completed.
Through fiscal management of this project, the District was able to expand the impact of the bond issue. New entry ways have been installed at Chagrin Falls High School and Gurney Elementary School increasing safety and security on both of these campuses. Additionally, we were able to expand the available parking and implement a new traffic pattern at the 7-12 campus. We will continue to work with our capital and master planning committees to prioritize capital improvements and create long range planning for our grounds and facilities this upcoming school year.
Nationally, school districts are facing greater mental health concerns and issues within schools. Chagrin Falls is no exception and the Board of Education has supported the implementation of additional services for students and families. The District will be placing a school-based mental health provider three days a week in grades PK - 8. The high school will continue with a social worker funded by Bellfaire. Finally, we are evaluating a family support specialist to provide support to families in crisis. This demonstrates a significant commitment to helping our most at risk students.
Academically, the District has much to be proud of as preliminary achievement data on the State of Ohio report card indicates a significant increase in our performance index score. This will be finalized and released to the public September 15. The District will be embarking upon a strategic visioning process this fall. Destination 2023 will be the first step in the development of our next strategic plan. A public school should reflect the expectations of the community; therefore, we want a variety of stakeholders to be engaged in this process. There will be a series of four evening meetings over the course of eight weeks that will focus on the development of a Profile of a Graduate. If you have an interest, email Angel James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of this progress begins with the support of our local community. We remain appreciative of a community that understands the importance of a quality public education. Have a great school year, Chagrin!
Robert Hunt was hired as Superintendent of the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools in June 2012 after serving one year as Superintendent in Streetsboro City Schools. Previously, he served as the high school assistant principal, principal and Assistant Superintendent of Chagrin Falls Schools. His career began as a middle school english teacher and eventually Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Kenston Schools. In addition, Robert has served as an Adjunct Professor for Ursuline College and Notre Dame College, teaching graduate courses in educational administration, evaluation/supervision, school law and finance.
Robert served on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators for seven years and was President of the organization in 2009-2010. In 2007, he received the NASSP State of Ohio Principal of the Year award and the Ohio Educational of Library and Media Association, Administrator of the Year award.
Currently, Mr. Hunt serves on the executive committee for the Alliance and LGCA. Additionally, he is a member of the Buckeye Association of School Administrators Legislative and State Department Committee. Locally, Mr. Hunt serves on the executive committee of the Chagrin Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Robert holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Kent State University and Master’s degree in Education Administration from Ursuline College. Mr. Hunt is currently working on his disseration to complete his doctoral work at Kent State University.