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Community Engagement

The success of our community and our schools is interconnected. 

Southwest Local Schools believes that education needs to take a leading role in sustaining our great community for generations to come. Guided by our district motto, "Excellence through Relationships", we strive to create a working partnership among students, parents, staff and community that takes responsibility for both raising our children and meeting our community's needs.

SLSD is now working to deepen these mutually beneficial relationships by engaging in a series of community conversations that will help the district understand our community needs by hearing from all residents, not just parents.  In the end, this will help us serve the community as we educate our children. 

All local residents are invited and encouraged to be part of the discussion, which focuses on issues such as:

  • What should our community’s future look like?
  • What role should the district play in achieving that future?
  • What can schools and community accomplish together?
  • How can our new school buildings serve the whole community? 

Please take a moment to listen to Superintendent John C. Hamstra explain the importance of Southwest Local School District's engagement process.




Listening to You

In the Southwest Local School District, we work hard to engage with parents and staff to better understand the needs of the district.  We strive to give your children the best possible educational experience - and to do that we need feedback from you.

We've launched a public engagement campaign to better understand the wants, needs, and opinions of every member of the community when it comes to our school district.  We are beginning this effort with a districtwide survey. Your participation will assist us in making critical decisions and will guide our planning moving forward.

You can participate in our survey by clicking HERE.

Once you have taken a few minutes to complete the survey yourself, we highly encourage you to share it with others in our community - the more feedback we get the more effectively we can serve you.

Town Hall Meetings

A series of Town Hall meetings has been scheduled.  All are open to the public.  If you are interested in attending, you can RSVP by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, March 15 at 6:00 PM
Crosby Elementary

Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 PM
Miami Whitewater Elementary

Wednesday, April 19 at 6:00 PM
Harrison Elementary