Superintendent's Message

Jay Phillips PhotoA Note from Jay Phillips

Dear Deer Park Families -

While other students around Cincinnati are already back to school, our students are savoring another two weeks of summer vacation.  However, I know many of you, including me, are highly anticipating the opening of our brand new Amity Elementary School.  It’s been almost two years in the making since the passage of the November, 2016 bond issue that made this project possible.  I would like to thank all the residents of the Deer Park Community City School District for making this project a reality and I also want to thank our staff, students, and our neighbors on Beech Ave. and Linden Ave. for your patience and flexibility while dealing with the construction.  This new state of the art elementary school has been a long time coming for the Deer Park Community and it is well deserved.

Along with opening a new elementary school, the staff and administrative team at Deer Park have been hard at work this summer preparing for an amazing 2018/2019 school year.  Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be rolling out our new 5 Year Strategic Plan.  The work for this Strategic Plan began last fall and is the culmination of many superintendent listening sessions, focus group meetings, and over 650 survey responses from staff, students, parents, and community members.

We boiled our Strategic Plan down into five essential elements:

  • High Expectations for Student Learning and Success
  • School Safety and Positive School Culture
  • Effective Communication and Community Engagement
  • Attracting, Developing, and Retaining High Quality Staff
  • Fiscal Responsibility and Sustainable Funding

I am very excited to embark on our work guided by these five themes.  At the core of this work will be defining our high expectations for student learning and success and also holding both ourselves and our students accountable for achieving at higher levels than one could have ever imagined!  My goal is for Deer Park to be not just one of the highest performing school districts in the Cincinnati area, but in the State of Ohio.  If we all work together and we all assume the accountability of high expectations, our students will achieve at extraordinary levels.

School safety is another very important topic I would like to address and something that we take very seriously.  I am pleased to be able to update you with some of the action steps that we have taken over the last several months to increase and improve school security.  Beginning with the start of this school year, we will be adding two new armed school security officers; one at the Jr./Sr. High School and one at Amity Elementary.  Both of these gentlemen are retired police officers with a combined 70 plus years of police officer experience.  They will work collaboratively with the Deer Park Police Department to keep our buildings safe and secure at all times.  At the Jr./Sr. High School, we have rekeyed all of our doors and we will be adding sensors to all exterior doors alerting us to when the doors have been left open, whether it be intentional or unintentional.  We will also be implementing a new visitor check-in system at both the Jr./Sr. High School and Amity Elementary.  As most everyone knows, Amity Elementary will now have a new secure vestibule entrance.  Amity also now has surveillance cameras combing almost every square foot of the inside and outside of the building.  I truly believe with these additional security measures, our students and staff are as safe as they possibly can be.

I’m am very excited to get this school year underway!  I expect our students to grow leaps and bounds this year and I know that each and every one of our teachers and administrators are going to challenge your children to reach their maximum potential.  Throughout this school year, if I can ever be of service to you, please don’t hesitate to email me, call me, or visit me at our Board of Education Office on Matson Ave.  I look forward to working with you and I can’t wait to welcome your children back to school on Tuesday, September 4th.  

Yours in Education,

Jay Phillips    

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