Superintendent's Message

Russ Bennett

As our school year calendar is winding down, we still have many things s to accomplish. Our new OAA testing dates were rescheduled due to the high number of calamity days we experienced this past winter.  They will now be taking place for our 3rd-8th graders on May 6-8th.  We will also be finishing up the year with our AP testing at the high school. 


Also academically, we are very excited to share the news that Aurora High School was just named by U.S. News and World Report magazine as one of the Best High Schools in the nation and among the elite in the State of Ohio for 2014.  In their yearly ranking edition, we were ranked at #287 in the nation and at #13 in the State.  This is a jump from our #307 rank in 2013.  We are once again a designated Gold Medal recipient with only 500 schools nationwide given this Gold status.  Congratulations go to everyone in the City of Aurora, from the students, staff/administrators and volunteers to the parents and community members in between.  All have played a role in our success as a district.  We could not have achieved these distinctions without the support we so appreciatively receive.

Our district has also just received news that Harmon Middle School has been ranked #9 in the country by in their, “The 50 Best  Middle Schools in the U.S.” article.  Their results are based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, NAEP scores, state assessment scores, received awards and rankings, geographical diversity and reputation.  The announcement stated that, “The schools in this ranking have found a way to provide 7th and 8th graders with a rich school experience that prepares them superbly well for high school, college, and life.”  Here is a link to the complete article and rank listing:  Congratulations to Harmon School for this newest honor.  Our district is very proud and it is very well deserved!

Just as a reminder, please don’t forget to vote on May 6th.  Our Board has placed a 1.5 mill, 5-year permanent renewal levy on the ballot - Issue #3.  I want to stress the fact that this is a renewal levy and, if passed by voters, WILL NOT INCREASE TAXES.   By law, it can only be used for capital improvement projects that have a life span exceeding 5 years.  This levy cannot be used to pay for salaries or benefits.  Thank you again for taking the time to vote on May 6th.

I want to take a moment to personally congratulate the Aurora High School Class of 2014.  Enjoy all of your upcoming senior activities (and take lots of pictures!).  They will be wonderful memories for you to always look back on.  I wish each senior nothing but the best as they graduate and continue on in their quest to achieve their goals in life.  We are proud of their achievements and are confident that they have a solid foundation on which to continue building.  Reach for the stars!

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