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Principal's Welcome

 SWCA Families,

It has been a great start to the 18-19 school year. October is here and we are already past the first interim and before the month is out we will be through our first nine weeks. October is also the month we start to see SWCA's services being made available to the public. I invite you to enjoy what SWCA has to offer. You can join our Culinary Arts Program for lunch in our newly remodeled restaurant, The Academy Grill. You can also get a manicure or your hair done from our Cosmetology Program in the Cutting Edge Salon. In addition you can have your car serviced by appointment from the Automotive Technologies and Automotive Collision Programs. SWCA is committed to our community. If there is a program you think one of our labs could help with, please let us know.

I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of an important issue that will be on the ballot in November. On November 6, 2018, South-Western School District residents will have the opportunity to vote on a 'no new millage' bond issue, Issue 7. Issue 7 is Segment 2 of the district's overall Ohio Facilities Construction Commission building project, which focuses on the replacement of Brookpark, Finland, Norton, and Pleasant View Middle Schools with new energy efficient buildings, the renovation and an addition onto Jackson Middle School, and the renovation of East Franklin Elementary School - all with updated safety and security systems, electrical system to support technology, and flexible learning spaces for optimal learning environments. The district will also be able to complete some much-need roofing and asphalt projects across the District. All of this can be done with no additional cost to taxpayers. And the state will provide $60 million for the project.

Just like 2012, the District has retiring bond debt which allows it to place a 'no new millage' bond issue for capital improvements (facilities and related items) on the ballot. While the ballot language is written to authorize the issuance of bonds to cover the cost of the project, the result to the community is 'no new millage' as a result of the bond debt retirement. Issue 7 gives the South-Western City School District the legal authority to continue to collect the millage it is currently collecting.

I would like to remind you that Infinite Campus Portal is a great way to stay in touch with how your student is doing and what is happening in his/her classroom. Also, Parent-Teacher Conferences are on October 18, 2018. You can use Sign-Up Genius to make your appointment. Instructions on how to use Sign-Up Genius are on page 2 of this newsletter. I look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you,

James P. Marion


South-Western Career Academy

Our mission at SWCA is to develop professional, technical and leadership skills in all students; preparing them for college and careers through real-world learning, post-secondary credits, and industry credentials.