Superintendent's Message

Fall 2018

The 2018 / 19 school year is underway! This school year, we look to continue building off of numerous local, state and national accomplishments. Recently, Southwest Local Schools (SLSD), along with 82 other school districts throughout Ohio, released our Quality Profile – which highlights our mission “Academic and Social Growth, for ALL students, every day!” being lived out in many ways and on many stages. Our 2018 graduates earned over $2.5M in scholarship or college credit. Over 96% of our 4,000 students in grades K – 12 took part in at least one of our 28 athletic programs, 55 school affiliated clubs, 28 Advanced Placement courses or numerous community outreach opportunities last school year. Our goal this is year is to have 100% of our students take part in the myriad of academic and social growth opportunities this school year.

As SLSD continues to grow (we are up over 345 new students in the last 12 months) – we want to make sure the number of both academic and social growth opportunities keeps pace with our enrollment. We also want to make sure that our infrastructure (school buildings, transportation, personnel, and programming) is on an upward trajectory. In November 2017, the voters in our 68 square mile school district approved a 6.99 Mill levy, which will generate $71M in local dollars and will be partnered with $26.6M in state contributions, providing just over $96M for three new elementary schools, a new middle school and over $10M in renovations to our current high school. Design work on the new schools, in conjunction with our architect and engineering firm (SHP), our construction company (Skanska – Megan), and members from the state of Ohio (OFCC) has been underway since the summer of 2018. Dirt will start moving in the spring of 2019 and occupancy in the fall of 2021! To date, we have gathered input from hundreds of individuals as we shape what our schools will look like for the next 50 years! Our three major objectives for this project: The schools will reflect the community and be built to last the next 50+ years; the schools will be built on time and on budget! Updates on the facilities project can be found at:

We greatly appreciate the partnership with our parents, our local business community, police, fire, and churches. Without these partnerships, we, as a school district, would not be able to provide the numerous opportunities to our students or focus on our priorities (safety and living our mission) each day. It truly takes a village to do good by our next generation – and we applaud the many that help make our village here special! Here’s to a tremendously successful 2018 / 19 school year! Go Cats!


John C. Hamstra
Southwest Local Schools 


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John Hamstra     Superintendent
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