May Update

May 2021

Dear parents and community members:

Roosevelt students receive first dose of Pfizer vaccine
Last month, approximately 156 students at Roosevelt High School received Pfizer vaccinations from Akron Children’s Hospital. Only students aged 16 or older with parental permission could get the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.  In April, about 510 teachers and staff received their second dose of the vaccine.

Air conditioning for elementaries to be installed this summer
One of this summer’s projects funded by the “No New Tax” bond issue includes installing a new HVAC system in Kent’s four elementary buildings.  Current uninvent heating systems are over 50 years old and will be replaced with energy efficient heating and air conditioning units.  The new system allows for the circulation of 35 percent of outside air, which is necessary in the post-COVID era.  Bipolar ionization units, which help remove contaminants from the air, will also be installed. Air conditioning projects for Roosevelt High School are scheduled for installation during the summer of 2022 with bipolar ionization installation to all existing units in the district.  In addition to improved air quality and thermal comfort for students and teachers, the district will benefit from utility cost savings.

 Kent Schools agree to a mutually beneficial exchange with Davey Tree
Seven years after the closing of Franklin School, the Kent Board of Education announced that it has reached an agreement for a mutually beneficial exchange with The Davey Tree Expert Company.

In return for the 8-acre site and building, the Kent School district will receive a key piece of property adjacent to Stanton Middle School.  This 1.75-acre parcel fronts on Hudson Road north of Stanton and includes an existing access drive off Hudson Road north of the Middle School.  The acquisition will allow the district to construct a new road on the northeast side of the school building to connect to this access drive, which will be used for bus drop offs and pickups.

According to Superintendent George Joseph, the acquisition is the final piece needed to complete the secondary campus safety plan, part of the district’s most recent strategic plan developed with community input.

As part of the exchange, the district will receive $456,000 from Davey Tree in recognition of the respective appraised values of the exchanged properties.  In addition, Davey Tree will permit parking in its expanded lot for up to 12 evening events per year at Roosevelt Stadium.

Joseph said, “I’m excited about the opportunity to partner with The Davey Tree Expert Company in a property exchange, which will enhance the safety of our students, visitors and vehicles on the Kent City Schools secondary campus.  The new property and proceeds will allow us to construct a connecting access drive behind Stanton for bus traffic. This plan will ensure a safer drop off and pickup area for students.”

In addition to the safety issues noted by Joseph, Pat Covey, Davey’s chairman, president and CEO, said he is excited that the exchange will help connect two Davey-related properties on the east side of State Route 43, while allowing for greater community access to the site.

“We’d like to extend our science and learning center by connecting our Davey East campus with the John Davey Arboretum,” Covey said. “We’ll know more in a few months once the due diligence is finished, but for now, we’re eager to begin the process and are pleased to have this opportunity to work with our partners at the Kent City School District.”

 Enroll now for Fall 2021
New to Kent?  Do you have a child who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2021?  Resident enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Please click “Enroll Now” on this web page tab and follow the prompts.

Extended Learning Plan
As a response to Governor DeWine’s request to help students advance academically and to make up for any learning that may have been lost or delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Kent City Schools assessed the physical, human, and fiscal resources available to provide extended learning opportunities to our students with regard to the guidance from the Ohio Department of Education. This plan may be modified as needed as circumstances may change throughout the Spring and Summer of 2021.
Kent City Schools Learning Recovery & Extended Learning Plan

Exciting news about upcoming construction projects
View this link to see photos and details about a number of projects funded by the “No New Tax” Bond Issue.
Kent City Schools – A “District-Wide” Renovation Project

Thank you again for your continued support of the Kent City Schools.

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools