Dear Deer Park Community,
Over the past six weeks, Deer Park Community City School District Treasurer Jeff Lewis and I have been meeting with individual Deer Park families to discuss the state of our school district in terms of both academics and finances.
We have taken great pride in sharing many of our district’s academic successes as well as other accomplishments that have occurred over the past seven and a half years since our last district operating levy in November of 2013. Most notably bringing our overall progress grade on the State’s District Report Card from an “F” in 2013 to an overall “A” on the most recent State Report Card in 2019. This is one of many successes we have been sharing with our community of which we are extremely proud.
We are now at a crossroads in our district financially. For the first time since 2013, our district expenditures are now out pacing our revenue. Unfortunately, this is the nature of school district funding in the State of Ohio. Our community will have some decisions to make in the near future regarding how our school district moves forward from a financial perspective.
I will be continuing our Community Conversations over the next month and I would like to speak to as many of our community members as possible to share our story and to also seek your input and recommendations for how our school district should continue to move forward.
I have set up several meetings beginning next week and lasting through mid-May. There will be opportunities to attend either an in-person meeting or a virtual meeting so that those who would like to participate can do so in a way in which they feel most comfortable.
Please click on the below link to see available meeting times and I ask that you sign-up for a time that best works for you. If you have any questions, I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 513.891.0222.