Category Archives: District News

September and October Update

September and October 2019

 Board Report Card Presentation

Dear parents and community members.

Great news about the Kent Schools!

            We have great news to share about the Kent City Schools.  In order to keep our students safe and make needed improvements to all our schools, the Kent Board of Education is putting a No New Tax Bond issue on the March 17, 2020 ballot.  The bond issue would NOT raise taxes.

     This unique opportunity came about because bonds issued over 20 years ago to construct Stanton Middle School and make renovations to Roosevelt High School and Davey Elementary are maturing.  Kent Schools is taking advantage of this timing by proposing a No New Tax Bond Issue.  This funding would allow our district and our community to make much needed improvements to all our schools.

     Please see more details below about these exciting projects and improvements.  Thank you for your continued support of the Kent City Schools.

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

Potential projects include:

  • Improving SAFETY and SECURITY in all schools.
  • Installing AIR CONDITIONING in all elementary and high school classrooms. (Stanton Middle School is already air conditioned.)
  • Improving athletic facilities by installing a TURF FIELD and extending Roosevelt’s GYMNASIUM.
  • Renovating Roosevelt’s AUDITORIUM and NATATORIUM.
  • Maintaining the COMMUNITY’S INVESTMENT in our schools by making many other UPGRADES to improve the instructional environment.

No New Tax Bond Issue timeline:
     The Kent Board of Education authorized a Resolution of Necessity for the Bond Issue at our BOE Meeting on September 17, 2019.  The next step in the process of placing a No New Tax Bond Issue on the ballot is to authorize a Resolution to Proceed at our October 15, 2019 Board Meeting, which will place the No New Tax Bond Issue on the March 17, 2020 primary ballot.   

     Representatives of ThenDesign Architecture (TDA) and Hammond Construction, provided recommendations and cost estimates to the Board of Education.  Both firms have extensive experience in school-related renovation projects.

            The community’s support for improvements in safety and security across the district, as well as upgrades in school buildings, was evident in the results of recent surveys and focus groups.  Community members were asked for feedback on a number of issues, as part of the district’s new five-year Strategic Plan.  Kent residents made it clear that they saw the immediate necessity to keep students safe and maintain the community’s investment in the schools.

Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent 
     Please join Superintendent George Joseph for “Coffee and Conversation” on Wednesday, September 25, at 8:30 a.m. in the back room at Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua

September Update

September 2019

 Board Report Card Presentation

Dear parents,

 HERE COMES THE BUS—real-time school bus location on your phone
     Thanks to a free app available to parents (and students) with smartphones, a program called Here Comes the Bus allows you to view the real-time location of your child’s school bus on your smartphone, tablet or computer.  GPS units installed on all Kent Schools buses provide the information you need to send your child to the bus stop at just the right time, helping protect them from inclement weather.  What’s more, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your child hasn’t missed the bus.

Here Comes the Bus enables you to:

  • See the location of your child’s bus both before and after school
  • Confirm that your child’s bus has arrived at the bus stop, at school or both
  • Receive a push notification or e-mail message when the bus is near your stop or if we have important information to relay

     Here Comes the Bus is powered by Synovia Solutions™, makers of GPS-tracking technology.  Available in three languages (English, Spanish and French), download the Here Comes the Bus app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.  You will need your student’s ID number and our school district’s Here Comes the Bus code, which is 87209

Login to Here Comes the Bushttps://herecomesthebus.com
To sign up or to learn more about Here Comes the Bus, click here.

You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • School District Name or 5-digit School Code (87209)
  • E-mail address used for your Here Comes the Bus account
  • Your child’s first and last name, and student ID number
  • Description of the question

     If you have any questions, or if you need your student’s ID number, please e-mail hctb@kentschools.net, or contact Nancy Lillibridge or Jim Soyars in the Business Office at 330-676-7650. 

If you need to contact Here Comes the Bus customer support because of a software issue, please follow this link: HERE 
You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • School District Name or 5-digit School Code (87209)
  • E-mail address used for your Here Comes the Bus account
  • Your child’s first and last name, and student ID number
  • Description of the question

Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent
     Please join me for coffee on Wednesday, September 25 at 8:30 a.m. at the Little City Grill.  I always enjoying sharing information about our schools and answering your questions.

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

August Update

August 2019

Dear parents,

Important back to school information

 It is back to school time again.  Welcome back to a new school year. 

    • RHS Premiere of Bands – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14
    • Stanton Middle School New to the District 7/8 Student Orientation – 10 a.m. on Friday, August 16
  • Davey/Holden/Longcoy/Walls Elementary Supplies Night – 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 19
    • Stanton 6th Grade Back to School Night – on Monday, August 19
      • Legacy Team – 5 p.m.
      • Megaminds Team – 5:30 p.m.
      • Buckeyes Team – 6 p.m.
  •  
    • Roosevelt High School Freshman Parent Orientation – 7 p.m. on Monday, August 19
    • Roosevelt Freshman Kick-Off and Opening Assembly – 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20
    • Roosevelt New Student Orientation Meeting – 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 20
  • Roosevelt, Stanton and Elementaries First Day of School– Wednesday, August 21
  • First Day of School for Preschool and Kindergarten – Monday, August 26

Watch for your Kent calendar
          Our Kent City School calendars were mailed to residents in early August.  If you did not receive a calendar, please stop by the Administration Building at 321 North DePeyster Street to pick up a copy.

New to the district?
          If you are a new Kent resident or interested in enrolling your student in the Kent City Schools, enrollment forms are available at www.kentschools.net/enroll or call the New Student Registration Office at 330-676-7675 for more information.
          Our new Centralized Registration Center is a one-stop, convenient way for parents to enroll their children in the Kent City Schools.  We welcome our new families and want to make the enrollment process easy and efficient for them.

Information about the Five-Year Strategic Plan
     Kent City Schools recently completed its 2019-2024 Strategic Plan.  Thanks to the feedback from local business leaders, government officials, civic organization members, school district staff, board members, parents and the Kent community at large—we put together a plan covering five specific areas, including:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Climate, Diversity and Mental Health
  • Communications
  • Finances
  • Facilities, Safety and Security

For more information, visit kentschools.net and click on the Board of Education link. 

Sincerely,

George Joseph
Superintendent