I am pleased to report that the school year is off to a fantastic start! Considering that the school district serves 3172 students, operates 29 bus routes, and encompasses 230 square miles… I am always impressed by the professionalism of our staff and students as we begin a new school year. It might surprise many of our residents to know that Tri-Valley Schools is now one of the top ten employers in Muskingum County. Recent upticks in the housing market have also made it quite evident that the real estate market, in terms of home values and ability to sell property, is better than any other area in the county. One more interesting statistic that is important to remember as we enter the upcoming election season, is that Tri-Valley has not had an operating levy on the ballot since the mid 1980’s.
As I begin my tenth year as superintendent with a bit of reflection, I have been privileged to work with some of the best teachers, administrators, coaches, and school board members that a person could ever hope to call colleagues. As a father of three Tri-Valley graduates and a resident of the school district, I have developed professional relationships and in many cases friendships with many of our bus drivers, mechanics, cafeteria workers, classroom aides, and secretarial staff. I am proud of what we have accomplished together.
The Tri-Valley School District currently ranks at the top of the list countywide in terms of student achievement, extra-curricular activities, financial stability, new home construction, and overall property values. These achievements are a direct result of our many hardworking dedicated staff, elected school board members, and the overwhelming support of the entire Tri-Valley Community.
I share these facts with you because the school district is rapidly approaching the November election and monumental decisions are looming on the horizon. Three of our five seats on the Board of Education will be on the ballot this fall. Two of the seats are for full four year terms and one seat is for a two year term. Effectively, the direction of the school district could change completely as a result of this election. I encourage all residents to familiarize themselves with the candidates, research their individual platforms, and most importantly… participate in the election on November 7th for the continued success of the Tri-Valley Schools.
Have a Great School Year!
Mark K. Neal