Superintendent's Message

November 2018 

Greetings all! Fall is finally here!

Good luck to our Co-SWOC Champions / Varsity Football team as they travel to TROY for round 1 of the playoffs tonight! Best of luck to our Marching Band as they travel to Miamisburg for their Championships tomorrow! We have crowned four fall league championship teams this year – out of 9 possible (Girls golf, Boys Golf, Football and Volleyball). We have also had numerous individual award winners this fall!  And finally, our collective fall sport student athlete’s GPA averaged 3.6! Exciting times to be a Wildcat!

First quarter (2018) And second quarter has started fast! Typically, we see the most gains – both academically and socially – during 2nd and 3rd quarter. Routines become extremely important during these next couple of months as well, especially considering the numerous breaks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, MLK, Presidents Day, etc.). Work before play is a great mantra to live by!

I say to the parents at every board meeting – thank you for supporting our mission here at Southwest Local Schools: “Academic and Social Growth for ALL Students, EVERY DAY!” and thank you for trusting us with your children. We do not take the 7+ hours each day we have them, for granted!

Attached is the November, 2018 edition of our Southwest Spotlight – some stories to pay particular attention:

1. New Schools – Tailwinds and Headwinds. We are approximately 65% of the way through the schematic design phase of the new schools (3 new elementary, new middle school) and we just started work on a “menu” of renovations to the High School. We have experienced both headwinds and tailwinds to date and anticipate this to continue – until the new schools are complete (Aug. 2021).

2. Enrollment Trends - One doesn’t have to look far, to see our school district is growing quickly! We are averaging 10 new students per week! There are still several developments with a lot of room for continued expansion and our job is to make sure we have a plan to absorb the hundreds of new students each year and that we have room for them! It’s a good thing our new schools are being built now!

3. District Financials – While the growth / added enrollment is good, it is putting major stress on our financial budget. It would seem, that with all the new homes, come additional property taxes and earned income… and that’s true. However, it costs on average $9,555 to educate a child each year here in SLSD. We have the 2nd lowest expenditure per pupil in Hamilton County, just $222 from having the lowest expenditure per pupil in the county. And revenue wise, we are not keeping pace, as of now.

*Lastly, our November Podcast can be found here:

Here’s to a great / positive middle of the school year! What we think about – we become!


John C. Hamstra


Southwest Local Schools


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 


Please click here for the most recent edition of "Spotlight on Southwest," a monthly publication for the parents/guardians and local residents sharing good news and updates about our students, staff and the Southwest Local School District:

John Hamstra Superintendent


John Hamstra     Superintendent
Corinne Hayes Assistant Superintendent
Corinne Hayes     Assistant Superintendent