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Superintendent's Message

Dennis Dunham

Dear South Range Community,

On behalf of the South Range Local School District Board of Education, students, instructional staff, support staff and administration, I am pleased to present the 2018/2019 Annual Report to the South Range Local School District community.  The 2018/2019 Annual Report highlights just a small cross section of the wonderful things that took place this past school year.

It was a privilege to present the graduates of the Class of 2019 to the South Range Community at the May 25th commencement exercises.  It was also a distinct honor to acknowledge the Class of 1969 as the first class to receive a South Range diploma just a short fifty years ago!   Congratulations to the fiftieth and the first South Range Local School district graduates who made it “A Great Day to be a Raider!”

We wish the very best to our most recent alumni and thank the class for their contributions to the school district and community.  The Class of 2019 was cordially invited to return to their alma mater to be part of the 100th anniversary in the spring of 2069!  

It is extremely easy to become a bit sentimental as we transition from the past school year to the New Year that is only a month away.  A trip down memory lane to celebrate a few milestones from the 2018/2019 school year seems appropriate.

It is normal in all of the activity of our daily lives; we forget to take a little time each day or even each week just to think about the great things we have experienced this year.  If you are a parent, grandparent, relative or neighbor of an elementary student, middle school student or high school student, it is very likely that your “special” South Range student transformed into a great individual in a multitude of areas. This conversion is due in large part to special parents, special relatives, special teachers, special support staff and a great community.  We witnessed just how special this district is by the involvement of the South Range Alumni that returned to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of South Range Local Schools during the 2018/2019 school year.  I firmly believe many alumni have played a very large role in the maturation process of our students throughout the years in our district.  Thank you to all that have made a difference in the lives of our students.

2019 Preliminary District and Building Report Card Information

The Ohio Department of Education preliminary 2018/2019 report card was released in June that included indicator percentages in 23 tested areas.  Our student’s performed higher in the tested areas as compared to the 2017/2018 school year. The students, staff and building level administration have continued to demonstrate a strong focus in improving student achievement as evidenced on the report.  Student performance data is critical, it provides a snapshot of student learning in core subjects and provides critical checkpoints for the staff to measure progress. The remaining report card information will be released in late July, which will include the following:  Performance measures, achievement component, progress component, graduation rate component, gap closing component, k-3 literacy component and prepared for success components will be included in the upcoming report card. All the information relative to the 2018/2019 district report card can be accessed on the ODE site @ education.ohio.gov later this month.

“Raiders Helping Raiders”

It was once quoted by Dalai Lama that “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.  Without them, humanity cannot survive.”  Based on this past year, humanity is alive and well in the South Range Community as witnessed by the love and support provided to two elementary students battling serious health conditions.   Hannah Tringhese, daughter of Sarah and Tom Tringhese was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and neurofibromatosis.  Mikalyn Dado, daughter of Lisa and Mike Dado was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Both remarkable girls are third grade students at the elementary. The winter and spring months witnessed separate fund raising events to demonstrate the support to both girls and their respective families.    At the time of this report, we are pleased to announce that both girls are showing significant improvement.  Many thanks to the Raider community for the tremendous support given to the Tringhese and Dado families.

Renewal Levy Appreciation

The South Range Local Board of Education expressed its sincere thanks and appreciation to the citizens for South Range Schools for their support in approving the 8.8 mill combination renewal levy on the November 6, 2018 ballot at the November 19, 2018 Board meeting.  The Board of Education is appreciative and mindful of the sacrifice made by citizens in providing the resources for the education of our present and future students.  The Board of Education pledges to work hard to provide quality educational and extra- curricular experiences for our students in a cost effective manner using these resources. 

Accepting Ownership of Athletic Booster’s and Music Booster’s Stadium Improvements

The South Range Athletic Boosters and The South Range Music Boosters stadium projects have benefited the students of South Range Local Schools and the school community by raising private donation funds for, and constructing without use of district tax dollars.  The past three (3) years have seen improvements on the property obtained through a lease-purchase agreement between the South Range Athletic Boosters and the South Range Board of Education, all with the agreement and encouragement of the Board of Education.  Recently, the Boosters assigned/donated to the Board all of the Boosters’ right, title and interest in the completed projects that included the turf field, home and visitor grandstand, scoreboard, LED field lighting, electrical infrastructure, team room and band shell.  The Board accepted with appreciation and gratitude the ownership of the completed stadium improvements donated by the Boosters.

Academic Calendar - 2019/2020 & 2020/2021

The South Range Board of Education approved a two (2) year academic calendar for the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 school years at the January 2019 Board meeting. The intent by the Board is to provide advanced communication to parents, students and staff.  The academic calendar outlines instructional days, holidays, first day of school, last day of school, nine weeks, semester and many pertinent dates relative to student days in session and planned breaks in student attendance.  The academic calendars are on the South Range website at www.southrange.org.

Youth Intensive Services (YIS)

The South Range School District and Youth Intensive Services entered into a school wide- mental health and behavioral intervention collaborative effort for the 2018/2019 school year.  The intervention service is free of charge to Medicaid eligible students.   Parents must consent to services provided by YIS who will provide a licensed mental health professional on site at the K-12 Complex.  We are pleased to announce the program will continue for the 2019/2020 school year.  The goals for the program are to promote behavioral change in the classroom, increase academic performance, enhance self-esteem, foster and cultivate relationships, build upon strengths, reduce disciplinary problems, integrate the family into the educational process, improve coping strategies and promote positive school experiences.

School Safety and Emergency Training

An “Active Shooter” training for all staff at the K-12 Complex was held prior to the start of the 2018/2019 school year.  The active shooter training was a mock drill that enabled the staff to gain a better sense of the sound related to gunfire in a building and to practice the procedures developed in the unlikely event this occurred. The training concluded with an evaluation/reflection of the drill for all participants.  It is certainly a fine line for school districts to take the necessary steps to secure facilities and protect children and staff while promoting a welcoming atmosphere for all at the K-12 Campus.  School safety continues to remain as a vital piece to the teaching and learning process and is constantly discussed and practiced at the K-12 facility.  Our crisis/emergency plans are customized to meet the specific and unique needs, capabilities and circumstances found at our school.  The Peace and Safety Committee meets on a monthly basis and continuously updates our district wide safety plan.  The key component to our safety plan is to communicate the plan to our students and staff and practice frequently.  This school year will provide the necessary time for staff and students to practice an emergency “off campus” drill. The exercises and drills will help to ensure the strategies in place provide for an effective crisis response and collaborative recovery. 

In addition to the planning aspect, “The Safe School Helpline”  will be available for the upcoming year, it is designed to assist students and parents in reporting any wrongdoing that impacts our schools, or student or our staff-----anonymously, so as to protect your privacy. 

To access the Safe School Helpline, just call from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 (418-6423) to leave your information.  Your message will not be traced and you will not be identified.  The Safe School Helpline team will transcribe and fax your message to school officials, so appropriate action can be taken.

Additional questions may be directed to CPL. Brian Hartman – South Range Local School’s Resource Officer/Beaver Township Police at 330.549.2163.

As a reminder, we will continue our K-12 visitor management system by utilizing the Raptor system, the system instantly screens out registered sex offenders from the campus while manages custody issues, visitors, students, faculty and volunteers.  Visitors wishing to access the K-12 will be asked to scan their driver’s license prior to gaining entry into the complex.

South Range Board of Education Serving the Community

At the January 10, 2019 organizational Board meeting, Mr. Corey Yoakam was elected Board President and Mr. Ralph Wince as Vice-President for the 2019 calendar year.  Mr. Taylor Christian, Mrs. Terri Lally and Mrs. Amy White comprise the remainder of the Board whom have impacted the South Range Local School District is a positive manner by their dedication and commitment in caring for our students, staff and community.

Best Wishes!

Over the past several months, the Board of Education accepted with regret the resignation for the purpose of retirement of Paula Stacy and Debbie Heaberlin.  Mrs. Stacy was a student aide for the district for 19 years and Mrs. Heaberlin was a custodian for 24 years.  We wish our retirees a long, healthy and happy retirement. 

A sincere thank you to the parents, community members and support organizations that continue to do exceptional things for our students, staff, school district and community.

As always, I am available to answer any questions or listen to any concerns, ideas or thoughts that will benefit our school district.  Thanks for making the 2018/2019 school year a “Great Year to be a Raider.”


Dennis J. Dunham




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