A promise to the CW community

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer
The Canal Winchester school district is forging ahead with its CW Promise, a pledge outlining pillars of action from teacher quality and active engagement to facilities, safety and wellness.

“It’s a promise to our community that’s more than just a plan,” said Canal Winchester Schools Superintendent Kiya Hunt during a June 10 Canal Winchester Board of Education meeting.

The program began with the results of a 2023 survey and is slated to begin later this year and run through 2027. It encompasses focus areas, pillars, goals, objectives, strategies and tactics for each category.

In addressing facility security, the district’s goals are to incorporate the best practices for safety and security through various steps such as incorporating safety procedures in staff meeting discussions.

Plans include revising an annual vulnerability assessment tool and providing every staff member with a copy of Canal Winchester safety norms. Drills and training will be conducted empowering students and staff, along with a screening process and a no-reentry event policy developed in conjunction with the athletic director.

One of the goals discussed during the June meeting involves building relationships with first responder agencies, enhancing district safety committee meetings, and providing student focused opportunities.

Mentorship opportunities could be created for at-risk students and a mentorship program created for students interested in first responder careers. The promise also calls for the district to host community relation events with law enforcement partners.

Regarding facilities, Hunt said, “Our goal is to plan and develop facilities that foster community pride. Our objective is a long-term community plan and strategies to communicate opportunities for input, ensure space is maximized efficiently, and create a master facilities plan. We will be looking at what comes next, to look at and map out year one.”

Other CW schools news
The board approved a collective bargaining agreement with local OAPSE members and a total of eight three- and five-year administrative personnel contracts.

The board also approved a two-year, $109,164 contract with Mitzi Boyd to serve as the special education coordinator at Indian Trail Elementary beginning Aug. 1.

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