News from Big Walnut Schools


Compiled by Gary Budzak - gbudzak@aimmediamidwest.com



Student artists filled the hallways and classrooms of Big Walnut Elementary with their artwork on April 5.

Student artists filled the hallways and classrooms of Big Walnut Elementary with their artwork on April 5.


Students and teachers at Big Walnut Elementary got their Cray On recently, filling the building’s hallways with their artwork. (Crayon, get it?)

On April 5, the PTO hosted Artist Day. According to the school, several different artists also were on hand “to provide amazing visual & performing arts experiences for the kids.” The PTO provided lunch for the artists and staff. Later that evening was Art Night at the school, where kids pointed out their art work to their art work, took part in a raffle and had dinner from food trucks parked at the entrance.

Principal Annie Clark: “Thank you for your flexibility and patience today during the recent power outage. As usual, our staff was amazing and continued their day as normal. It continues to amaze me at how creative and flexible our staff is here at BWE.

“I have have made it a priority to go into all of the classroom (PreK-4) to read a book and have a discussion on internet safety. For the younger kids, I read If you give a Mouse and Ipad by, Ann David Milgrim. This story focuses on the importance of kids putting down their devices and enjoying their surroundings. For the older kids, I read The Technology Tail by Julia Cook. This story focuses on the importance of posts and how they are able to follow a person through their life.”

Upcoming Events

Pre-K Field Trip Thu Apr 19 2018

Pre-K Field Trip Thu Apr 19 2018

Muffins with Mom Wed Apr 25 2018

3rd Grade Recorder Performance Thu Apr 26 2018

BWMS Service Day Fri Apr 27 2018

4th Gr Field Trip Mon Apr 30 2018

4th grade BWI trip Thu May 10 2018

Spring Fling Tue May 15 2018

4th Grade Field Trip Thu May 17 2018

Pre-K Celebration Thu May 17 2018

Pre-K Celebration Thu May 17 2018

BW Graduation Sat May 19 2018

EE Mon May 21 2018

PBIS assembly Wed May 23 2018

Last day for students Thu May 24 2018

4th Grade Clapout Thu May 24 2018

NO SCHOOL : Teacher Work Day Fri May 25 2018

Report Cards Live Thu May 31 2018

Here’s what else has been happening in recent months around the district:

Big Walnut High School

BWHS hosted its first ever Unity Week and the next week was Military Appreciation Week. Spring sports are kicking into gear and April is right around the corner. Despite the weather, spring is here with lots of activities and events planned for our students and their families.

Our first ever BWHS Unity Week, with a theme of “Stronger Together,” our goal was to allow all of our students to feel valued and recognized. The week kicked off on Monday with class assemblies and there were different activities each day to encourage our students to step out of their comfort zone, try to meet new people and focus on creating a positive and inclusive atmosphere. On Wednesday, students tried to introduce themselves to new people. On Thursday, they had the chance to contribute a positive attribute to the “I AM” wall. Many of the week’s activities were planned and staffed by our Principal’s Leadership Team. We are “Stronger Together—Eagle Strong”!

Becky Lassak, a frequent substitute teacher at BWHS, has been selected to receive the Honorary State FFA Degree at the Ohio FFA State Convention in May. The Honorary State FFA Degree is given to supporters of FFA Chapters who show exemplary service to the organization. This is the highest degree that a state association can give to someone who is not a member. Our FFA members wanted to recognize Becky for her commitment and service to our school and the FFA program. As a long-time substitute in our building, she has always been a huge supporter of our FFA chapter. Congratulations, Becky!

On April 23rd AAA will be here again to provide FREE car inspections. You may sign up in the main office to set up a time during your lunch period to have your car inspected. There are VERY LIMITED spots so please see Mrs. Mayhew ASAP! Once you have your car inspected AAA will provide you with a FREE LUNCH! So don’t delay…Sign up today! (April 20)

Country View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sunbury has many volunteer opportunities this summer. They would like for students to run their store, and visit with and read to the residents. If you are interested please contact Susan at 740-965-3984.

Junior/Senior Prom: This year’s Prom will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 6-11 p.m. at Vila Milano (1630 Schrock Road). This year’s theme is “The Great Gatsby.” Tickets will be sold online from April 16-26 and will cost $40 per person. Please note, all school fees and other financial obligations must be taken care of before a student will be permitted to purchase a prom ticket!

As prom and graduation season get closer, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug-Free Delaware Coalition would like to remind you that “Parents Who Host, Lose the Most.”

Spotlight on Supply Chain Management is Thursday, April 26, 2018 6:30-8 p.m., Columbus State – Columbus Campus. Supply Chain Management is an in demand need in Central Ohio. Below is an opportunity to learn more about this field.

National Spring College Fair: Saturday, April 21 from 1-4 p.m., Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Argentina/Brazil/Uruguay 2019 trip informational meeting on May 8th from 6-7pm. Please come if you are interested in traveling, learning about culture, and practicing your Spanish! A parent must be in attendance. See Profe Zimmer in room 224 with any questions. (?)

State testing begins 4/16 through 4/20. We will operate on a 2 hour delay schedule everyday next week/ Students who must take any of the 7 state required tests must be at school at 7:30. Testing begins at 7:40 SHARP. You will need a CHARGED CHROMEBOOK ready to go each day you test. We suggest you bring your graphing calculator and ear buds. Every student who is testing received a letter about this but if you have questions, please check with your teachers, counselors or the main office.

If you are not testing, the bus will pick you up at the normal time. You will need to report to study hall in the cafeteria and SIGN IN.

Argentina/Brazil/Uruguay 2019 trip informational meeting on May 8th from 6-7pm. Please come if you are interested in traveling, learning about culture, and practicing your Spanish! A parent must be in attendance. See Profe Zimmer in room 224 with any questions. (?)

State testing begins 4/16 through 4/20. We will operate on a 2 hour delay schedule everyday next week/ Students who must take any of the 7 state required tests must be at school at 7:30. Testing begins at 7:40 SHARP. You will need a CHARGED CHROMEBOOK ready to go each day you test. We suggest you bring your graphing calculator and ear buds. Every student who is testing received a letter about this but if you have questions, please check with your teachers, counselors or the main office.

If you are not testing, the bus will pick you up at the normal time. You will need to report to study hall in the cafeteria and SIGN IN.

Are you looking for something fun to do this summer? The Delaware County Sheriff’s office is looking for volunteers to help with their Safety town! Please stop by the main office for more information and an application!

Attention National Art Honor Society – we have our next MANDATORY meeting Thursday April 19th in Mrs. Maxson’s room from 2:30-3:00. Non attendance will mean no attendance for the GRE mural. See Maxson with any questions.

Come see the drama production of “The Lines Between the Lines” written by junior Charis Ellett! This Thursday and Friday, April 19th and 20th. Tickets are $5 and the show starts at 7:00! Tickets will be sold at the door and during lunch periods.

Principal Andy Jados: The week before spring break was jam packed with activities at BWHS. On Tuesday, our World Language classes inducted members into their respective honor societies. Our music department hosted their annual Jazz Show on Thursday. Third quarter grade cards are now available online through Powerschool. Please be sure to check your son or daughter’s progress. Finally, we want to wish everyone a happy and safe spring break. Whether you are traveling or staying home, please rest and relax and enjoy time with family!

Bullying is a hot topic in education today. It is a word that is heard a lot in social media and in the news, especially when something bad happens. But bullying is also a term that has been used so much, that I am afraid it has lost some of it’s meaning. Regardless, this is a serious issue in today’s world and can not be tolerated. If you have concerns about something your student is reporting to you that happened at school, please contact your school’s counselor or administrator as soon as possible to address the issue.

National German Exam

Winners: Emil Charles (bronze), Lief Anderson (gold), Bruno Segars (bronze), Gregor Grossenbacher (silver), Otto Rutkowski (bronze); Regina Goodrich (gold), Gisela Cryan (gold), Vera Maloche (gold), Priscilla Mariani (gold), Anneliese Bryant (bronze); Katja Germann (gold), Sven Marvin (silver), Maria Sena (gold), Flora Hart (silver) Natascha Pascal (gold), Kristof Andrian (silver) not pictured: Gustav Maroscher (bronze), Klaus McCullough (gold) Friedrich Thompson (bronze), Niko Amato (bronze)m Max Hemingway (gold)

​In January all German students at Big Walnut High School levels, 2, 3 Honors and Advanced Placement German participated in the National German Exam. This test evaluates students listening and viewing comprehension as well as their reading comprehension. Students are exposed to authentic German materials such as schedules, menus and newspaper article as well as commercials, blogs and podcasts. Each student receives personal feedback on their individual performance with regards to comprehension of main ideas, audience, inference and supporting detail. This information is in turn used for focus on future instruction for their level of German.

​Many students performed well on the test this year and received gold, silver and bronze awards. They will be recognized in May during Maifest, the German Program’s annual awards ceremony.​

Upcoming Events at BWHS

April 16-20: Ohio State End-of-Course Exams (late start for students not testing)

April 19: BWLSD Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30pm

April 20: Fourth Term Interims

April 23-27: Ohio State Test Make-ups (NO LATE STARTS)

April 23: Maifest

April 24: National Honor Society Induction

April 25: AAA Car Checks

April 26: Prom Promise Activities

April 26: Community Expo

April 27: Eagle Strong VIP Party

April 27 & 28: Band and Choir State Contest

April 28: Prom at Vila Milano, 6-11pm

May 1: Academic Signing Day (7:40am)

May 2: Class of 2018 Scholar’s Dinner

May 3: Cap and Gown Distribution during lunch periods

May 3 & 4: FFA State Convention

May 4 & 5: OMEA State Competition

May 7-11 & 14-18: AP Tests

May 7: Senior Awards Night

May 8: 2019 Argentina Trip Meeting (6-7 pm in the I.C.)

May 9: BWHS Art Show 4:30-6:30 pm

May 9: Spring Band and Choir Concert @ 7:00 pm

May 11-16: Senior Exams

May 11: FFA Banquet

May 14: Academic Boosters (PTO) Meeting @ 6:30pm

May 17: Eagles’ Last Flight (Seniors)

May 17: Eagle Mentor Awards

May 17: BWLSD Board Meeting @ 6:30pm

May 18: Graduation Rehearsal and Senior Breakfast

May 19: Graduation @ 7:30pm

May 21-24: Underclass Exams

May 24: Last Day for Students

May 25: Teacher Workday

Big Walnut Middle School

Principal Andy Jados: Testing time can be stressful for students. No doubt, we understand that our students do deal with pressure when it comes to all types of performances from their everyday life: athletic or academic. No matter the situation, everyone can play a role in helping our students be confident and secure in the face of the upcoming weeks. We will continue to offer this calm voice of confidence for our students as they prepare for next week. You too can help by ensuring your student gets a good night’s sleep, eats a good breakfast, charges their Chromebook and comes to BWMS with a smile. Our kids will do great!

BWMS was excited to host the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Cynthia Dungey and Ohio Means Jobs Director Mark Birnbrich as one of the stops for the State of the State address last month. Middle School students shared in a Round Table format about their experience with Future College/Career Readiness programs in Big Walnut like our DACC Careers class and the 8th grade budgeting simulation from the Ohio State University extension – Real Money, Real World. Our students were Impressive!

Our CBI Program was able to raise over $600 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Pennies for Patients program. Special Thanks to Mrs. Jones and Mr. Eckelbarger for becoming a Human Sundae to support this cause. Also, special thanks to our Student Council and SOAR Committees for their support of Spirit Week and Recognition Awards.

Big Walnut Middle School was awarded the Purple Star Designation for being recognized as a school that shows a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military.

April is the month of the military child. Military connected youth face unique circumstances living the military lifestyle. By understanding the lifestyle of military connected youth we can better meet their needs as they transition with their family members who serve our nation. Currently over 90 military connected youth call Big Walnut Local School’s their home. During the month of April, one day is selected as the day to “Purple Up! For Military Kids” and all are encouraged to wear purple in recognition of the strength and sacrifices of military connected youth. This year Purple Up day was celebrated on April 13! Why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. A specially designed t-shirt has been created for Big Walnut so that we can show support of our Big Walnut Military families.

DACC Information

Parents with 6th-9th graders are invited to learn more about “super electives” for Big Walnut students at the Delaware Area Career Center. Get a jump on college and career! Engineering, Zoo School, Nursing, Application Development and more – plan to attend a “coffee chat” in Sunbury in early April. Details and registration links are on http://bit.ly/2FQjB2D

The DACC will be hosting some coffee chats for parents to hear information on the programs they offer as well as how to support their students as the prepare for their future after high school. Whether their child’s destination is college, apprenticeship, military, workforce, career tech, etc. these informational session really help a parent think about how to guide and support their child in the process of finding their passion.

1. 5 minute video on how to approach finding a career path Flipping the College Decision

2. DACC Flier Link College & Career Coffee Chat

Registration for DACC Summer Camp is now LIVE and has been shared on our social media. The link to register is: https://www.delawareareacc.org/dacc-summer-camp-2018#.WqqtFrpFzg8

2018 DACC Summer Camps —

Our summer camps are a great way for middle school students to get a preview of what it’s like to take a DACC program. Please keep in mind that because some DACC programs will be moving into their shiny new spaces this summer, our summer camp offering this year is limited. Registration for summer camp has launched and has been shared on our social media. The link to register is: https://www.delawareareacc.org/dacc-summer-camp-2018#.WqqtFrpFzg8

Summer Camp Details:

· When: June 5th, 6th, & 7th | 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

· Where: North Campus Only

· Who: Rising 7th, 8th & 9th grade students (students who have completed 6-8th grade)

· Cost: $30 (includes lunches & a t-shirt)

Camps:

CO2 Land Speed Racer

Automotive Collision

Automotive Technology

Hands-On Science

Upcoming Events

April 19 OST Science 8 Part 1&2

20 Grade Update Day

24 Parent Orientation for incoming 7th grade

27 BWMS Service Day

End of Year Dance Fri May 11 2018

Band/Choir Concert Tue May 15 2018

Spring Athletic Awards Wed May 16 2018

Golden Eagle Mentor Awards: All recipients and their families will be honored at a celebration on May 17, 2018 hosted by Roush Honda and the Big Walnut Board of Education.

High School Graduation Sat May 19 2018

8th Grade DC Trip Mon May 21 2018 to Thu May 24 2018

6th Grade Visit Tue May 22 2018

Last Day for Students Thu May 24 2018

Final Grades Posted Thu May 31 2018

Big Walnut Intermediate

Principal Ryan McLane: “School safety is on everyone’s minds. We have safety plans in place for different scenarios, constantly review and look to improve our procedures, and have different drills each month. One of the ways you can assist us in keeping our building secure is to report directly to the office after you are buzzed into the building. If you need to go to a classroom or to assist your child in cleaning out their locker, please sign-in and get a visitors badge.

“The Mobile Dentist came to Big Walnut Schools the week of March 5th. If your child does not currently have a dental provider, they can see a dentist with School Smiles. Medicaid and most private insurance plans are accepted. Grant- Scholarship funds for uninsured students are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Consents Forms are available in the school office and must be returned to the office no later than February 5th in order to be seen by the dentist. Please contact our District Nurse, Megan Truax RN @ megantruax@bwls.net if you have any questions.”

Upcoming events

Drama Club performance of Annie, April 25th, 6 PM

6th-grade Heartland Trip, May 1-4

Spring Music Concert, May 14th

Field Day, May 23rd

Last Day for Students, May 24th

May 31st, Report Cards available online

General Rosecrans Elementary

Megan Rose Forman, Principal: “We thoroughly enjoyed Rockin’ Recess on Friday, and tremendously appreciate everyone’s contributions to the event. The kiddos loved it-check out the GRE PTO FB page, plus many teachers’ pages for live videos and more pics. It is wonderful to have such a supportive community.”

Reading Every day: Have your child read something he or she chooses. Let them pick books of interest. Every child reads something he or she understands. This would include books at their level; if you are not sure what it is, or how to find books at their level, contact your child’s teacher. Every child writes about something meaningful. (Even if they use “kidspelling” and it is incorrect-encourage them to sound it out.) Every child listens to a fluent adult read aloud. Every child talks with peers about reading and writing. This includes you, too! The goal: read, read, read! Our official homework coming home may be less, but reading books is invaluable.

Principal Megan Rose Forman: “The Wizards Basketball Game (think a step down from the Harlem Globetrotters) is the only fundraiser that the Sunbury Rotary Club takes part in. Half of the proceeds from this game go to Big Walnut Schools. We are thrilled to share that Mr. Hardin & Miss Erjavec will be representing GRE-come join the fun! This event was on 3/6.

“Read Across America week: We have a Spirit week with themed days, and Drop Everything & Read times each day, so we hope you joined in the fun! We also have Inview & Terra Nova testing for 2nd and 4th graders, so thank you in advance for your extra efforts in ensuring your kiddo is present for these. This is a packed wrap, including a safety & security blurb-please take your time to read all of it.”

Safety & Security: “With the recent tragedies, safety and security are in the forefront of our minds. I wanted to share a few quick updates and basic reminders.

“First and foremost, we have a phenomenally secure building. It is our own due diligence that can assist in keeping it that way. We have reminded staff to not hold the door for anyone, and simply direct them to the main office. We ask that any parents, guests, or volunteers, please buzz the main office for entry. This includes even if you simply want to spend time with your child at recess. Please know that this is simply for the security of our kiddos, and is not intended to be disrespectful.

“Secondly, BWLSD does have a security committee that addresses a plethora of items, including the safety plans for each building. This committee will be meeting again soon. If there is any updates or pertinent information to share thereafter, I will.

“Lastly, as you may recall, our recently passed bond issue included funds to renovate all of our building entrances to create a securer entrance. Naturally, GRE & BWMS already have this, so our building will not be under construction this summer.”

Safety Updates: We have two safety updates to share. We are refining our dismissal to tighten security and ensure students’ safety to the very last moment they are with us. Please be patient as we get into a new flow and students arrive at their locations, which may be a few minutes later than before. Our staff has been asked to address everyone who rings to enter the building, including if we know you. We thank you in advance for your patience as we inquire how we can help you, and buzz you in. We do ask that you NOT hold the door open for anyone behind you. We appreciate all of your efforts and support as we ensure our students’ and staff safety.

We have a few end of year changes that we want to make sure that everyone is aware of: First, there will not be an end of the year picnic on the last day of school. Second, we will have a two hour early dismissal that day, but our kitchens will be open & have a lunch option. Lastly, our clap out is now on the last day. Stay tuned on exact time!

Upcoming Events

First Grade Informance-Dixon/Valentik Thu Apr 19 2018

First Grade Informance-Branham/Valentik Thu Apr 19 2018

Art Show & Food Trucks Thu Apr 26 2018

Last Day to Charge on Lunch Accounts Fri Apr 27 2018

Party Wagon Fri Apr 27 2018

Popsicle with Principal Fri Apr 27 2018

First Grade Field Trip to the Zoo Fri May 4 2018

Staff Appreciation Week Mon May 7 2018 to Fri May 11 2018

Flower Sale Pick Up Wed May 9 2018

Move Up Day Wed May 9 2018

Yearbooks Delivered to GRE Fri May 11 2018

4th Grade Trip to BWIS Fri May 11 2018

Camp Week-1st Grade Mon May 14 2018 to Fri May 18 2018

Ohio Week-4th Grade Mon May 14 2018 to Fri May 18 2018

Harrison Street Elementary

Principal Kim Castiglione: Never forget that it is wonderful for kids to BE BORED. From moments of boredom come unexpected creations and imaginative play. It’s okay to NOT be the cruise director every day for your child(ren). Take away electronics and tell them to find someway to entertain themselves. Let the guilt wash away… let them be bored and play. 🙂 You will be amazed to see what happens!

How often do you play together as a family or play with your children? Life gets busy and as parents we can go into “management” mode to do chores for our kids, for our house, or for life. However, how much would it mean to our kids if we stopped that work and took time to play with them for just a little bit of time? Furthering that thought… how much would it mean to us as parents to stop and smell the roses and enjoy time with our kids? It doesn’t have to be extravagant… it doesn’t have to be long. Just play…. Anything! Children learn SO much through play, especially at this age! There is no doubt that this time would be educational, memorable, and FUN! Enjoy your play dates!

Last day to charge a school lunch (creating a negative balance ) is APRIL 27, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service Administration Office at 740-965-8958

We would like to take a moment to inform you of a few end of the year changes regarding the last day of school (5/24). We will no longer be hosting an end of the year picnic on the last day of school due to the security and safety concerns of our students. We will also have a 2 hour early dismissal on the last day of school and students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm. Half day Kindergarten will attend 11:30-1:30. The cafeteria WILL BE OPEN for lunch. Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact our office at 740-965-7850

Upcoming Events

Spring Book Fair Tue Apr 17 2018 to Fri Apr 20 2018

BWI Band Instrument Fitting Thu Apr 19 2018

Art Show & Spaghetti Dinner Thu Apr 19 2018

Eagle YOUniversity Fri Apr 20 2018

1st Grade Field Trip Wed Apr 25 2018

Staff Appreciation Week Mon May 7 2018 to Fri May 11 2018

4th Grade Visit to BWI Tue May 8 2018

PTO Meeting Tue May 8 2018

4th Grade Celebration Thu May 10 2018

Flower Sale Pick Up Thu May 10 2018

2nd grade: Zoo Field Trip Tue May 15 2018

2nd Grade Field Trip: Columbus Zoo Tue May 15 2018

4th Grade: Civil War Day Fri May 18 2018

Variety Show Fri May 18 2018

Rain Date for Field Day Tue May 22 2018

Field Day Tue May 22 2018

Hylen Souders Elementary

Congratulations to winners of the Read-A-Thon: Kindergarten- Landan Spencer & Lincoln Spencer; 1st- Callie Weiser; 2nd-Rocco Ranalli; 3rd- Madelyn Smolinski; 4th-Nico Ranalli. Mrs. Collins class had the most minutes read!

Principal Matt Cox: “We continue to battle the “bug” at Souders. While we have not had a big increase in our absences, our numbers have been higher for the last few weeks. We are asking custodians to sanitize hard surfaces regularly and wipe down doors handles throughout the day. We also continue to stress covering mouths and washing hands for our students (and staff). Stay healthy and have a great weekend.

“Today is the final day of our literacy week. What fun to see the students dressed as their favorite characters, in their PJs, and wearing Hawaiian shirts! I cannot say enough about our kindergarten team. They planned the activities for the week. Mrs. Statler, one of our 4th grade teachers, helped lead our literacy night last evening. She had a great team that backed her efforts. Thanks to the families that attended. My highlight was getting to read to several classes during the week. Truly the best part of my day is being with the kids.

“The PTO invited 3 companies to present plans for redoing the Souders playground.

“Souders will be having our first Purple Up Day on Friday, April 13. We made an effort this year to connect with our military families. This effort will continue into the future. Mrs. Gallo is leading the charge as she has stepped up to be our building liaison. On most Fridays we encourage our students to wear our school colors, but on Friday, April 13th, we are asking our students and staff to wear purple. We want to show our support for those that are serving our country.”

Upcoming Events

April 23-26: Book Fair

April 27: All Pro Dads

April 23-26: Book Fair

April 27: All Pro Dads

May 8: PTO Meeting @ 6

May 10: Flower Sale Pick Up

May 15: COSI on Wheels

District News

All BW Schools were on a 2-hour delay on March 29, due to fog.

Safer Schools Ohio: Big Walnut Local Schools uses the Safer Schools Ohio anonymous tip line for students and families to share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety — whether that involves a threat of a mass incident or harm to a single student. To report a concern, call or text 1-844-SAFEROH (1-844-723-3764). The system will send your anonymous report to the appropriate people to address the concern.

In Search of School Sites: If you have land for sale that could potentially be used for school sites, please contact our administrative office at 740-965-3010.

Student Chromebook FYI: Chromebooks that were previously assigned to students must be brought back for the first day of school on August 16, 2017. Students are expected to bring them to school charged every day. The chromebooks and chargers will be collected at the end of their senior year. If the device is not returned in top condition or the charger is missing, a fine will be assessed.

Bond Ratings: Moody’s Investors Service assigned a Aa2 to Big Walnut Local School District, OH’s School Facilities Construction and Improvement Bonds, Series 2018A (General Obligation – Unlimited Tax). We maintain the Aa2 rating…. Following the current sale, the district will have $42.6 million of GOULT debt outstanding.

The report states, “The Aa2 rating incorporates the district’s beneficial location within the Columbus (Aaa stable) metropolitan area, which continues to experience a substantial amount of new development and population growth. The district’s financial position is very healthy and is supported by a diverse stream of revenues. These strengths are balanced against a very leveraged tax base which is due to significant capital borrowing and an elevated pension burden.

“The stable outlook is based on the district’s growing tax base coupled with its healthy financial position that is expected to remain satisfactory due to managements’ demonstrated ability to control expenditures and manage overall budget growth.”

Student artists filled the hallways and classrooms of Big Walnut Elementary with their artwork on April 5.
https://www.sunburynews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2018/04/web1_BWE-art-show-1-.jpgStudent artists filled the hallways and classrooms of Big Walnut Elementary with their artwork on April 5.

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Compiled by Gary Budzak

gbudzak@aimmediamidwest.com

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.

Gary Budzak may be reached at 740-413-0906 or on Twitter @GaryBudzak.