Pulse Journal May 17 2020

Reflections on Remote Learning: Pulse Journal (May 17, 2020)
Posted on 05/18/2020
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Superintendent Matthew Miller shares thoughts on the end of the 2019-2020 school year while looking ahead to the fall in this article as published in the May 17, 2020 Pulse Journal.

This week marks the last four days of a most memorable school year. I am proud of the way our teachers, students and staff have pivoted to continue learning remotely. I am also grateful for the support of our families throughout this endeavor.


As we begin to wrap up the 2019-20 school year, we are gathering feedback from our teachers, staff, students and parents about remote learning. What worked? What can be improved? What suggestions do you have? We don’t know what August will bring, but we do know that we will be prepared.


While we are all hoping that school will begin with students back in our classrooms in August, we also know that there is a high probability that there will be modifications put in place by our state and local health departments. We also know that some of our students may prefer to continue learning remotely, or may have underlying health concerns that make remote learning the safest option. As we consider all of these scenarios, we are building out plans to include a continuation of remote learning or a hybrid option that combines in-person and online school. 


Additionally, we are closely reviewing our finances. As you may have heard, Gov. DeWine has recently announced statewide funding cuts for education that will amount to about $3.4 million for our district for the last months of school. We are also preparing for another round of funding cuts for our next fiscal year. These budget cuts are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Lakota began a rainy day fund this fiscal year and our cash position has never been stronger, thanks to the leadership of Jenni Logan, our treasurer/CFO. While this is certainly not an easy position to find ourselves in, we will get through this. Lakota Local Schools is in a much better position financially and better prepared than during the great recession.


This week, we should be celebrating our seniors at our traditional graduation ceremonies at Cintas Center. I encourage members of our community to help us light the path for our graduates on what should have been their graduation days. On May 20 for Lakota West and May 22 for Lakota East, I ask that you tie a ribbon in the school’s color around a tree or lamp post in your yard. Please turn on your front porch lights at 8:20, 2020 in military time, on those dates to celebrate the Class of 2020.


Matthew Miller is the superintendent of Lakota Local Schools. Follow him on Twitter (@LakotaSuper), Facebook (Matt Miller – Lakota Local Schools Superintendent) and Instagram (lakotasuper).