From the Superintendent's Desk

Parents & Patrons-

Ravenna Public Schools is excited to welcome students back for the 2020-21 School Year! The school has been in repeated communications with the Two Rivers Health Department over the course of the summer to create a “Return to School Plan” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The school will continue to work with the health department to monitor the virus activity in the school and in the community and to respond in a nimble way. The school has implemented many health measurers to minimize the spread of the virus in the school setting. Additionally, the school will adjust the school’s learning schedule, as advised to do so by the health department, to optimize student and staff safety throughout the course of the school year. The school understands that there is uncertainty for parents and students as the year begins. Any student or parent questions can be email to <rtsq@ravennabluejays.org>. The administration monitors this email account. If you submit a question, you can expect to receive a prompt response, and your question will be kept confidential. If you have questions, please email them to <rtsq@ravennabluejays.org>.

At the August Board Meeting, the Ravenna Board of Education voted to move forward with officially making high school bowling a school sponsored activity for the 2021-22 School Year. With the uncertainty surrounding extra curricular activities for the 2020-21 school year, as we move through the pandemic, the school board made the judicious decision to take this year to address all of the logistical considerations that go into starting a new sports program at the high school. Items such as competition schedules, transportation schedules, hiring coaching staff, equipment and uniform purchases, and a host of other sundry details related to the bowling program will be attending to before the start of the 2021-22 school year to ensure a successful inaugural season for Ravenna High School Bowlers.

As we continue to collectively forge through uncertain economic times, the Ravenna School Board understands the school needs to minimize the amount of economic impact on taxpayers to the greatest extent possible, while still providing a quality education for our students. As a result, the board anticipates that it will be able to decrease the total tax asking for the school district’s operational funds by $405,527 from the previous fiscal year. The board has been working over the last 4 years to lower the total tax asking each year from patrons of the school district. The total tax asking for the 2016-17 budget was $5,822,621. The total anticipated tax asking for the 2020-21 budget is expected to be $5,000,000. Over the course of the last 4 years, the Ravenna Board of Education has been able to reduce the annual total tax asking by $822,621 through proper and careful fiscal oversight and by never taxing more than absolutely necessary to provide a quality educational program for its students.

The school looks forward to reopening its doors to students, parents, and community members. If you have any questions in advance of the school year or throughout the school year, you can email all three of the Ravenna Public Schools Administrative Team Members by sending one email to <rtsq@ravennabluejays.org>. You can also reach any of the school’s administrators during regular business hours at the school by dialing 308-452-3249.