Dear Parents Guardians, Grandparents, and Friends of Leroy,
The 2017-2018 school year is now history and the 2018-2019 year is here. This will be an exciting year filled with some sad reminders that this will be the last year students attend Leroy Elementary. The two state of the art buildings are on schedule and probably all Leroy students, 4th grade and younger will be attending one or the other new structure. Until that time Leroy will continue to be among the district leaders in preparing students to meet the rigors of middle school. I have been blessed to be the principal of such a fine student body and staff, and I truly feel like part of the Leroy family. This year Leroy’s enrollment is approximately 185 students. The teachers and other educational specialists total about 20, and other support staff puts another 11 adults in the building. All of the certified staff are rated “Highly Qualified” by the state of Ohio.
Many parents volunteer in our building, and a strong parent group (LSA) makes sure events are adequately supervised and classroom parties manned. The LSA has donated tens of thousands of dollars in goods and services during my nine years as principal. Yes, that means I have now seen my third class of kindergarteners pass entirely through Leroy and on to LaMuth. Thanks to the LSA’s generosity Leroy has seen new playground equipment, computers and computer carts, classroom carpets, books, annual visits by COSI, paint and padding in the gym to name some of the items purchased totally or in part by our parent group. Recent donations by the LSA have gone mainly to purchase chromebooks, and classroom libraries. New books are one resource that will leave the building with us when we relocate.
Leroy Elementary has had a long and storied past. Several of its students have graduated top in their class, but the building is near the end of its useful life. The thought of your students going to a new school is exciting, but we will make sure this building closes with the dignity it deserves. There is a decommissioning event scheduled for April 24th. For now Leroy is still one of the best places in the county to receive a quality education, and that will certainly not change in its last year of operation. Sincerely,
August 21, 2018