By Chad Hilliker, Loveland City School District superintendent
It’s not the same district.
If there was one message that stood out, that was it. It was the annual State of Schools event, and the Loveland High School Auditorium was packed with members of the Tiger Family – and I will admit, many came for the award-winning Loveland Show Choirs who performed at the end. But to get to the end, they did have the chance to hear the message I delivered: Destination Loveland is not our past, it is our future.
A future that is taking shape right now.
During this 2016-17 school year, our teachers, staff, administrators and Board have put laser focus on three key areas: academic growth, classroom innovation and Tiger care. This is how we are making strides right now in Preparing Our Students for Tomorrow, Today. It’s through equipping students with new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) offerings in middle and high school. It’s with the establishment of seven additional AP courses at Loveland High School (LHS). It’s by the implementation of a 1:1 device plan for LHS, and by making available 1,800 plus Chromebooks and Android tablets for our students district-wide. And, it’s by further strengthening opportunities for our youngest Tigers by offering a tuition-based, full-day kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year.
We’re not finished.
Now, we are ready to bring in a group of Loveland parents, community members and business leaders to join our educators in developing our future goals. Called the Destination Loveland Task Force, this group will work from February through the summer to develop what the Loveland student experience should look like, the future needs of our facilities and a financial plan to achieve our goals. By August of this year, the task force will present a recommendation on all three items to our Board of Education.
It’s not the same district – it’s better and better, year after year.
We are in a time of change. Our staff embraces this; our administration embraces this, and our Board embraces this. We want you to embrace this. The work is not small, but the payoff is worth it – Preparing Our Students for Tomorrow, Today. As the educational leader of this outstanding district, and as a member of this community for more than 25 years, I thank you for your continued support.
Dedicated to the future of our students,
Loveland City School District