Dear Parents Guardians, Grandparents, and Friends of Leroy,
The 2016-2017 school year has passed and another has begun. The 2017-2018 year will be the next to last year that students will attend this building. Thanks to the support of the community in passing a bond issue, Riverside School District will be able to construct two new state of the art elementary buildings. Leroy and three other aging buildings will be decommissioned once construction is complete in August of 2019. Until that time Leroy will continue to be among the district leaders in preparing students to meet the rigors of middle school. I have been blessed to be the principal of such a fine student body and staff, and I truly feel like part of the Leroy family. This year Leroy’s enrollment is approximately 192 students. The teachers and other educational specialists total about 20, and other support staff puts another 11 adults in the building. All of the certified staff are rated “Highly Qualified” by the state of Ohio.
Many parents volunteer in our building, and a strong parent group (LSA) makes sure events are adequately supervised and classroom parties manned. The LSA has donated tens of thousands of dollars in goods and services during my seven years as principal. Yes, that means I have now seen my second class of kindergarteners pass entirely through Leroy and on to LaMuth. Thanks to the LSA’s generosity Leroy has seen new playground equipment, computers and computer carts, classroom carpets, books, annual visits by COSI, paint and padding in the gym to name some of the items purchased totally or in part by our parent group. Recent donations by the LSA have gone mainly to purchase chromebooks, and classroom libraries - resources that will leave the building with us when we relocate.
Leroy Elementary has had a long and storied past. Several of its students have graduated top in their class, but the building is near the end of its useful life. The thought of your students going to a new school is exciting, but we will make sure this building closes with the dignity it deserves. For now Leroy is still one of the best places in the county to receive a quality education, and that will never change. Sincerely,
August 25, 2017