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By Linda Collins For the Herald



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ENON — Greenon Local Schools will be launching their 2014-2015 academic year on Tuesday, Aug. 26, and the new school year is bringing some changes to the district.


Many students will be attending a different school for the first time as a result of a district plan to save an estimated $275,000 annually by consolidating the district’s four school buildings to three.


“We have worked with our staff and community through the consolidation to ensure that this process is as smooth as possible for our students, staff, and community,” Superintendent Dan Bennett stated in a news release.


Approximately 300 pre-kindergarten through first grade students will attend Enon Primary School as a staff of 40 will focus on academics of the early childhood learning center. Classes for first grade students will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Preschoolers, however, will start the new school year on Monday, Sept. 2. Morning preschool will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., and afternoon preschool will begin at 12:30 p.m. and end at 3:15 p.m.


Indian Valley Intermediate School will be home to second through sixth grade students who will be making the transition to the new Common Core standards in Math and Reading, as well as the new state standards in Social Studies and Science. All students will attend the intermediate school from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Greenon Junior/Senior High School will be the home for more than 550 students in seventh through 12th grades with approximately 60 staff members providing academic, athletic, and music programs for the Greenon Knights. The school day will begin at 7 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.


All three schools will host an open house to meet principals and teachers on Monday, Aug. 25. The Enon Primary open house will begin at 5 p.m., with Principal Darrin Knapke speaking to parents in the school auditorium at 5:15 p.m.


Indian Valley Intermediate will host an open house at 5:45 p.m. Principals Michael Tighe (fifth through sixth grade) and Michael Weaver (second through fourth grade) will speak to parents and students in the school auditorium at 6 p.m.


The Greenon Junior/Senior High School will be at 6:30 p.m. with Principal Rick Newsock addressing parents and students in the auditorium at 6:45 p.m.


Bus routes and class lists are posted on the doors of each school and on the district website at www.greenon.k12.oh.us. The district has also posted driving procedures for Greenon Junior/Senior High School online to ensure that Greenon students are dropped off and picked up in a safe and efficient way.


The 2014-2015 school year supply lists are available on the Greenon Local School District website as well. High school students will receive supply lists from their teachers at the beginning of the new school year. However, teachers are advising all high school students to bring general school supplies such as pencils and notebooks on the first day of school.


Parents can access breakfast and lunch menus and start and departure times for the 2014-2015 school year on the district website, too. Presently, 11 two-hour, early release dates are posted from Sept. 24 to June 3.


Another change being implemented this school year is a pay-to-play policy for students participating in any school athlete program. The current fees for athletes are $200 for each high school sport and $100 per intermediate school sport, with a $450 family cap. Fees for those participating in fall sports are due no later than Aug. 29.


This year, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) classes will be part of the core curriculum for all seventh and eighth graders attending Indian Valley, with Megan Jackson teaching the seventh grade STEM classes, and Tom Jenkins teaching the eighth grade STEM classes. STEM classes will be offered as part of an elective course of studies at Greenon High School and will be taught by Jim Shaner, Cindy Clauss, and Kevin Ferguson.


The Greenon Local School District has now joined Facebook and will post updates and news about the district for followers on the social media site. According to Superintendent Bennett, communications with parents, students, and the community is a high priority for the Greenon Local School District.


“Research shows that 73 percent of adults use social networking sites, and we want to make sure we are engaging our community in every way possible,” said Bennett.


Parents, who have any questions or comments concerning the 2014-2015 school year, can contact district officials at 937-864-1202.


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