CW State of the Schools

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer
The Canal Winchester school district is planning for the future and crafting a strategic planning framework to achieve its academic, career readiness, culture and wellness goals.

“We started working on this last year in talking about putting together a strategic plan,” said Canal Winchester Schools Superintendent Kiya Hunt during a State of the Schools presentation on April 17 to Chamber of Commerce. “Our promise to students, staff, and the community is that we are moving the district forward.”

Plan organizers received input during the previous school year from staff, students, families, and the community through their Your Schools, Your Voice communication service.

Hunt said the plan is dynamic and the district plans to follow the same process every year in soliciting comments from the school community.

There are specified focus areas within the plan, including teaching and learning, school culture, operations, and safety/wellness.

Under teaching and learning, Hunt said, “We want to make sure we really define engagement. We’re creating real-life resources for our students.”

A career readiness coordinator position was created. Hunt said the strategic planning group was interested in connecting students with their passions and connecting classroom content with real world career opportunities.

In discussing safety and wellness, Hunt said the district now has a school resource officer on three campuses. The plan team is also researching mental health best practices.

“We’re creating a communications handbook,” said Hunt when sharing the school culture portion of the plan. “We have a new website. We put together a multi-cultural calendar and also established a family and community involvement committee.”

The school district also welcomed its first group of social media interns who are creating content to share with the community.

In other updates, Hunt said a new assistant athletic director will be hired for the 2024-25 school year. Canal Winchester Schools provides services for 3,800 students.

A facilities master plan was created and all-day kindergarten starts this year at Indian Trail Elementary. The second, three-year Canal Winchester Promise strategic plan will be presented to the school board in June.

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