Greetings Community Schools and Sponsors:
We hope each of you found a few moments in the past few weeks to rest and reflect as you wrapped up the 2018-2019 school year and began preparing for the 2019-2020 school year. The recently passed budget bill (House Bill 166) included items that impact community schools and sponsors. The Ohio Department of Education will provide more information on these changes in the coming weeks. At a high level, there are changes to the Sponsor Evaluation, new requirements around opening assurances for the 2020-2021 school year, changes to when community schools can merge, and the creation of the Quality Community School Support Program.
As we approach the end of the current fiscal year and the beginning of the new fiscal year, I want to share a few reminders and updates from the Office of Community Schools.
- The 2019-2020 Sponsor Opening Assurances form now is available. Please remember, the opening assurances must be completed and submitted to the Office of Community Schools via Epicenter 10 business days prior to the opening of school.
Greetings Community School Leaders and Sponsors,
Recently, the Office of Community Schools became of part of the Ohio Department of Education’s Center for Continuous Improvement under Senior Executive Director Dr. Marva K. Jones. By integrating the Office of Community Schools with the Center for Continuous Improvement, the office will be more closely connected to other offices that provide direct technical assistance to community schools, including the Office of Federal Programs and Office of Improvement and Innovation.
We know this is a busy time of year as you are working on the quality practices submission for the Sponsor Evaluation (due by 11:59 pm on May 15th). We have added a Note on 2018-2019 School Mergers on the 2018-2019 Sponsor Evaluation page. The FAQs for 2018-2019 are unchanged.
Karl J. Koenig
Office of Community Schools
Dear Community School Leaders and Sponsors,
As part of our effort to provide information from various Ohio Department of Education program offices and reminders of upcoming deadlines and opportunities, here is the Office of Community Schools’ update for the end of April. Our goal is provide these updates every month (every two weeks during busy times).