Four focus group sessions scheduled for March As a follow up to the Building Tiger Nation Community Meeting on January 23, the Loveland City School District has announced four opportunities for focus groups to discuss and provide input around potential renovations of school facilities. “The next step in our facilities master planning process is to explore and better understand what ‘renovations’ mean and what they should look like at Loveland,” said Superintendent Dr. Amy Crouse. “The focus groups will help us discern the priorities of our stakeholders and the vision they have as it relates to renovations and additional spaces for [...]
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An update on the Loveland City School District Facility Master Plan By Dr. Amy Crouse, Loveland City School District Superintendent The Loveland community has once again come together for the benefit of its students: on January 23, more than 150 members of the general public and school community gathered at the third Building Tiger Nation community meeting, where the district shared the latest information on the progress of the Loveland Schools facility master planning. The architects, with whom we have worked closely for the past year in assessing our buildings and how they serve our students and staff, presented the first [...]
(Update, February 27, 2019): We appreciate the input we have received from our community about the facility master plan options initially presented on January 23, 2019. The input gathered from group discussions at the community meeting and via feedback forms on this website is organized in the following categories in the attached document: (Community Input on Master Plan Options Matrix) The "pro" category includes answers to the question of how the option specifically addresses the needs of students and facilities, and why it is likable and positive. The "con" category includes comments on how the option fails to address the needs [...]
Building Tiger Nation Finance Committee Meeting (January 17, 2019) Building Tiger Nation Finance Committee examines funding options for facility master plan The Building Tiger Nation Finance Committee met on January 17 to discuss various hypothetical financing options available to school districts for funding facility master plans. The meeting was the fourth in a series to provide information to the community regarding school finance. “We had a great conversation about the financing options that are typically available to school districts to fund master plans, including bonds, Certificates of Participation (COPs), Tax Anticipation Notes (TANs) and cash,” said Kevin Hawley, Loveland City School [...]
Building Tiger Nation Finance Committee Meeting (December 20, 2018) Building Tiger Nation Finance Committee discusses operation levy cycle and five-year forecast The Building Tiger Nation Finance Committee met for the third time on December 20, 2018, to engage participants in a discussion about how a school district’s operation levy cycles typically works, and how it ties into the life cycle of the district’s general fund balance. The vast majority of the meeting was dedicated to the five-year financial forecast, which is required by the State of Ohio twice a year for all public school districts in the state. The full slide [...]
Building Tiger Nation Finance Committee Meeting (November 15, 2018) The Building Tiger Nation Finance Committee met on November 15 to continue its deep dive into school finance. The meeting focused on Ohio Department of Education requirements, how governmental entities in Ohio are funded, and expenditures and revenue sources specifically for the Loveland City School District. Since the district is primarily funded by residential property taxes, the meeting also went into detail about the Loveland Schools property tax base and provided a “tax to income” as well as state funding comparison with other districts in the region. A slide presentation is provided [...]
Building Tiger Nation Facilities Master Planning Moves on to Phase Two On November 28, the Loveland City School District held the second Building Tiger Nation Community Meeting, with over 100 members of the Tiger Family and greater Loveland community in attendance. In a presentation of the results of the educational facility evaluation conducted over the past six months, a panel of students and teachers shared their personal experiences regarding the implications of the current school facilities on teaching and learning at Loveland. “It was very powerful to hear directly from the ‘experts’ on their impressions and experiences, and see the correlation [...]
Loveland kicks off Finance Committee work in facilities master planning process Building Tiger Nation in full motion The Building Tiger Nation Finance Committee met on Thursday, October 18, to begin its deep dive into school finance. The meeting, which was the first in a series of monthly meetings to be held over the next several months, was open to the public and specifically designed to assist community members to develop an understanding of how school funding relates to Loveland taxpayers. “The information shared at this meeting was focused on who we are as a community, taking into account tax base and [...]
What does it have to do with Building Tiger Nation? On Wednesday, September 26, a group of parents, teachers, district staff and administrators met to start outlining Loveland’s “Portrait of a Tiger.” This initial Student Experience meeting was dedicated to sharing information and beginning the process of identifying the qualities and skills our community wishes for our students to have as they leave Loveland High School. “This is important work that we have been doing and will continue to do, but right now we have a unique opportunity to explore how our mission for Tiger learning and growth ties into the [...]
Continuing to build upon the first Community Meeting on September 6, which provided information on our school facilities assessment, we invite you to attend our next Building Tiger Nation public event, Portrait of a Tiger. This event, which is the first meeting featuring topics relating to the Student Experience, will be hosted in conjunction with the College and Career Readiness Night, taking place at Loveland High School on September 26, 7:10 - 8:10 p.m. The purpose of this one-hour session is to provide information and context as we consider the current landscape of education and begin to think and dream big [...]