The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District is working diligently to be prepared to welcome back students on the first day of school, Tuesday, August 27th. While some staff worked to refurbish school busses and others dusted and waxed floors, still others were involved in training and coursework over the past few months to prepare engaging lessons for students.
The district wishes invite students and families to open houses and orientations that will be taking place in all three buildings. The open house for R.C. Waters Elementary (Grades K—3) will be on Monday, August 26th from 5:30—7:00 PM.
Oak Harbor Middle School will host a special informative open house/orientation for incoming 4th graders and their families on Tuesday, August 13th from 6:00—8:00 PM. At this special open house/orientation for 4th graders, students and families will have a chance to ask questions, practice moving from class to class, and other procedures to help the students make a smooth transition to the middle school. Then, on Thursday, August 22nd from 5:00—7:00 PM, Oak Harbor Middle School will host an open house for all students and families in grades 5—7.
Oak Harbor High School will host an orientation for 8th grade students/families on Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30 PM, and for 9th grade students/families at 7:15 PM. Both orientations will be held in the Auditorium. In addition, the high school will be hosting an open house for all students on Wednesday, August 21st from 6:30—8:00 PM.
Also, as a reminder, all student fees will be collected at Oak Harbor High School. Fee collection times will be Monday, August 19th and Wednesday, August 21st from 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM. No fees will be collected in the other buildings prior to the start of the school.
Also, B-C-S Schools will continue to accept registrations for both Rocket Overtime (OHMS) and Acorn Alley (R.C. Waters). Both state-licensed childcare programs will operate for the 2013-2014 school year. To register your child, please check the district’s webpage (www.bcssd.com) or call the Board Office at 898-6210.
Superintendent Guy Parmigian commented: “Please call your child’s school or the Board Office if you have any questions or concerns as we want to have a smooth and successful start to the coming school year.”
The first day of school for students in Grades 1—12 for the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District will be Tuesday, August 27. There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, August 26 due to the approval of our waiver day application by the Ohio Department of Education.
The school day for each of the three buildings has changed slightly from last school year. R.C. Waters Elementary School’s student day will be from 8:05 AM until 2:45 PM; Oak Harbor Middle School will be from 8:00 AM until 2:48 PM; and Oak Harbor High School’s student day will be 8:00 AM until 2:40 P M.
Below is a revised B-C-S Schools Calendar that includes waiver days:
August 27 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL for students in grades 1-12
September 2 No School – Labor Day
October 17 & 18 Waiver Days (No School for students)
October 25 End of 1st Nine-Week Grading Period
Nov. 4 & 11 Grades 4—12 Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:15-6:45 pm)
Nov. 7 & 14 Grades K—3 Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:15-6:45 pm)
Nov. 27, 28, 29 No School – Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec. 23-Jan. 3 No School – Winter Vacation
January 6 Classes Resume
January 10 End of 2nd Nine-Week Grading Period
January 20 No School – Martin Luther King Day
February 13 Grades K—12 Parent/Teacher Conferences (3:15-6:45pm)
February 14 No School for Students – Grades K—12 Parent/Teacher Conferences-8:00-11:30 am
February 17 & 18 No School for Students – President’s Day & Waiver Day
March 21 End of 3rd Nine-Week Grading Period
March 24-28 No School – Spring Break
April 18 & 21 No School – Easter Vacation
April 22 Classes Resume
May 26 No School – Memorial Day
June 1 Graduation – 2:00 p.m.
June 4 Last Day of School for Students – End of 4th Grading Period
As required by Ohio Revised Code, if school must be closed due to extreme weather conditions or other circumstances, make-up days would begin June 4 and run Monday through Friday in June as needed.
For questions or more information please contact your child’s school, or the Board Office at 898-6210.
For the first time in 5 years, the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools ended the fiscal year without deficit
spending. After many years of using up cash reserves, the board along with administration began the
long, painstaking task to reduce expenses. In the span of one year, expenses were reduced by nearly
12% which played the largest part in ending the deficit spending trend. Treasurer Tim Coffman stated,
“while it is certainly great to have eliminated deficit spending this past year, it is a trend we would like to
see continued and we will work very hard to try and make that happen.”
The past academic year was not without pain and hardship. Deficit spending and dropping enrollment
necessitated major changes for the district. The district moved forward in 2012-2013 with 40 fewer
positions in our certified and classified staff district wide. The changes in personnel affected all areas
within the district including curricular and extracurricular activities. The elementary buildings,
Graytown, Carroll and Rocky Ridge, were consolidated into one at R.C. Waters which was reconfigured to
service kindergarten through third grade students. The fourth grade students found a new home at Oak
Harbor Middle School and the eighth graders were placed in their own wing at Oak Harbor High School.
Start times for all buildings were changed and bus routes were reconfigured into single routes from
double routes in years past. Changes in administration in both the treasurer and superintendent
positions were crucial to the district’s success. None of the changes above were easy. All of the
sacrifices incurred by both the staff and parents of the B-C-S district contributed to the end of deficit
spending. “The strength and resiliency of all B-C-S staff, and putting students first, have made the
2012-2013 transition school year a success for the school district,” commented Superintendent Guy
While 2012-2013 was most definitely a year of change in the B-C-S district, these changes will not define
the district. The board and the administration are committed to making good financial decisions in an
effort to ward off massive changes to the educational system as seen last year. Even though revenue
streams are relatively stagnant, the Treasurer, Mr. Tim Coffman, remains vigilant when trying to identify
possible ways to recoup current expenses. Superintendent, Dr. Guy Parmigian, scrutinizes any
additional expense and has adopted a zero-sum approach to finances meaning that where possible, any
additional expense must be balanced by a reduction.
We are excited to let everyone know that our minimum enrollment has been met, and the Acorn Alley and Rocket Overtime childcare programs will be on for the 2013-2014 school year! We are eager to provide high-quality, state-licensed childcare programming for your child at both R.C. Waters Elementary (Acorn Alley) and Oak Harbor Middle School (Rocket Overtime).
We are also pleased to let everyone know that we have extended the deadline to register your child in Acorn Alley and Rocket Overtime. Registration forms are available by clicking here. These forms can be completed and mailed in. Registration forms are also available at the Board of Education Office. Please act quickly to register your child for these outstanding and convenient child care programs.
There are several enrollment options/costs. Part-time registrations are now being accepted (option 7). We will make every effort to accommodate part-time students. However, we cannot guarantee the enrollment of part-time students until we know the number of families interested in the part-time option. If you are interested in the part-time option, the best thing for you to do is to get your registration in early so that we can guarantee your child’s spot.
Below is a listing of the various enrollment options and fee schedules. As you may be aware, we made changes to the fee schedule to ensure that the district does not lose money by providing our childcare programs—we are not looking to make a profit, but to break even. One of the changes for the coming school year will include the requirement that fees for the week be paid on the Friday prior to the week of attending. Also, there is a price break for students on free or reduced lunch.
2013-2014 Acorn Alley/Rocket Overtime
Enrollment Options and Fee Schedule
1) AM Session: 6:30 until the start of school - $22.50/wk.
2) PM Mini-Session: dismissal of school until 4:00 - $22.50/wk.
3) PM Session: dismissal of school until 6:00 - $45.00/wk.
4) AM & PM Full-Time: 6:30 AM until start of school and dismissal until 6:00 PM - $65.00/wk.
5) Two hour delay day: 8—10 AM* - $6.00/day
6) Cancellation Day: 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM* - $27.00/day
7) Part-Time Option (one or two days per week) - $5.00/hour
*These options are only open to students who are registered for Acorn Alley and Rocket Overtime and participate in one of the options one through four above.
Registration Fee: $25.00 per child
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Parmigian at 898-6210.
It is with great pride that the B-C-S School District Community received official word recently that the district earned the highest possible rating on its local report card for the 2011-2012 school year! The local report card was slated to be released in August 2012, but was held up due to a statewide audit of student data by the State Auditor. The report card was just released in late February.
Factoring student performance on state assessments, graduation rate, and other measures, the Ohio Department of Education assigned the Benton-Carroll-Salem Local Schools with the rating of “Excellent with Distinction.” The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District was the only district in Ottawa County to receive the “Excellent with Distinction” rating. Only 138 out of Ohio’s 610 school districts earned the “Excellent with Distinction” rating.
B-C-S Board of Education President Heather Dewitz commented, “This achievement is a reflection of the hard work and collaboration of all the staff at B-C-S. It is an accomplishment of which to be proud.”
Superintendent Guy Parmigian extended his congratulations to all staff and explained that the “Excellent with Distinction” rating is just one more reason to continue to innovate, and find ways to improve educational opportunities for all students. Parmigian stressed the importance of all staff working together and with the community to be a beacon of educational excellence within our region while living within our budget. “We have been working closely with our principals and others to implement some very new and engaging initiatives for next school year,” Parmigian stated.
The B-C-S School District has a vision of preparing its approximately 1700 students to be successful in the 21st century global society. The district now educates its students on three campuses: Oak Harbor High School (grades 8—12), Oak Harbor Middle School (grades 4—7), and R.C. Waters Elementary School (grades K—3).
For more information about the B-C-S School District, visit the district website at www.bcssd.com or call (419) 898-6210.
Click here for the district's report card.
The B-C-S Board of Education approved a 5-year financial forecast on Tuesday, October 23rd that puts forth an end to the deficit spending that has plagued the district for the past 4 years. The task to reduce spending for the district was an arduous one and involved staff reductions, building closures, pay freezes and changes to benefit packages to combat reductions in state funding and declining enrollment.
Mr. Tim Coffman, B-C-S treasurer said, “While deficit spending has been alleviated in the short term, it goes without saying that uncertainty in state funding and property values remain one of the most difficult areas of school revenue for which to plan.”Read more...
This year, B-C-S has been approved by the Ohio Department of Education to make up three calamity days using a “Virtual Learning” Plan. After the district has used 5 allowable calamity days, parents will be notified that the 6th calamity day will be a “Virtual Learning Day” by the district’s Instant Alert system. The same message would accompany the 7th and 8th calamity day announcement via the Instant Alert System.Read more...
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