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Minerva France set precedent for Black women in library science, higher education Minerva France portrait

Minerva France was relatively unheard of in Westerville — until last year.

WCSD awarded $1.7 million grant to purchase 4,000 Chromebooks Students working on Chromebooks.

The Westerville City School District has received a $1.7 million grant through the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Connectivity Fund to expand students’ access to technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Tax Credit expanded to help more families in need

The Child Tax Credit is a tax refund designed to help families with the expense of raising a child. This year, the benefit was expanded to help families with the most need, regardless of their level of income. More than 27 million children are newly eligible for the benefit.

WCSD names new buildings after local educator, Minerva Park community WCSD Board of Education names new buildings

The new elementary school slated to open fall 2022 has been named Minerva France Elementary School, its namesake a Westerville native who was among the first Black women to receive a library science degree.

WCSD Food Service Department adapting to supply chain challenges, shortages Westerville South food service staff serve students.

Westerville City School District is facing food service challenges due to product shortfalls, delivery delays and staffing shortages among food vendors and distributors.

Longfellow students foster vocabulary, plants through new gardening club Longfellow kinderGARDEN meets for the first time

The to-do list for the inaugural KinderGARDEN Club meeting at Longfellow Elementary may have been somewhat ambitious.

Ohio Vax-2-School to award $2 million in scholarships Ohio Vax-2-School logo

Ohioans ages 12 - 25 who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to enter a drawing for a chance to win a scholarship — including one for $100,000 — to an Ohio college or university for career or technical education.

WEF StoryBall fundraiser canceled due to pandemic StoryBall logo

The Westerville Education Foundation’s StoryBall fundraising event on Oct. 23 has been canceled due to the pandemic.

Bette Marschall Memorial Education Fund postpones grants to spring 2022

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bette Marschall Education Fund of The Columbus Foundation will not award monetary grants during the fall of the 2021-22 school year.  

District announces 2021-22 testing calendar

Westerville City School District (WCSD) officials today announced the release of the district’s 2021-22 local testing calendar for students, along with an acknowledgment that the testing schedule remains subject to change.

Santa named Ohio School Counselor Association’s 2021 Advocate of the Year Tami Santa

Tami Santa, Director of Mental Health & Wellness for Westerville City Schools, has been named the 2021 Advocate of the Year by the Ohio School Counselor Association.

WCSD’s Virtual Family Math Nights starts Oct. 4 Bridges Math logo

The Westerville City School District is hosting the first of three Virtual Family Math Nights for families and guardians of elementary students 6-7 p.m. Oct. 4 via Zoom.

Westerville VFW Post 7783 accepting submissions for national youth, teacher recognition programs VFW logo

The Westerville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7783 is accepting submissions for the national VFW youth programs as well as nominations for teachers who promote civic responsibility and patriotism.

Homework help and library deliveries to schools now available Westerville Public Library logo

The Westerville Public Library is offering free delivery of library materials to Westerville City Schools students, teachers, and staff throughout the school year. 

Westerville Education Day dedicated to learning, professional development for all staff Dr. Christopher Travers leads his WE Day session, “ When Do Black Boys Feel Smart?”

Three days before all of Westerville City Schools opened its doors to students, the district’s administrators, educators and support staff got some class time together. 

More choices, homemade options offer fresh take on school meals New lunch items for the 2021-22 school year

This year’s lunch menu for Westerville City Schools’ elementary, middle and high schools features several new options that may not be so new to students.

COTA Plus rides free for Westerville middle and high school students COTAPlus Logo

Westerville middle and high school students are eligible for free COTA Plus rides from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays.

Central Ohio museums offering discounted tickets to underserved families Museums for All logo

Six Columbus cultural institutions are offering free or discounted tickets to families who qualify for Special Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits. 

Administrative succession planning continues; Baldwin named Executive Director Anne Baldwin

The Westerville City School District (WCSD) Board of Education approved another organizational move during its June 28 regular board meeting as part of the district’s continuing succession planning initiative.

Anne Baldwin became the district’s Executive Director of Secondary Academic Affairs effective July 1, 2021, filling the vacancy created by Scott Reeves’ transition to Executive Director of Human Resources.

New for the 2021-2022 School Year: SafeArrival Attendance Reporting SafeArrival image

Next school year, all Westerville City School District families will report student absences through a secure system called SafeArrival.  In addition to reducing the time it takes to verify student attendance, this system gives families more options to report a child’s absence and allows our staff to immediately investigate discrepancies. This is especially important when a child is reported absent during attendance and the office has not notified that the student would be missing school that day. 

WCSD announces “Bridge Plan” collaborative with central Ohio districts to address needs of students & staff due to the pandemic

Westerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg on Monday announced the district’s comprehensive approach to addressing the academic and social-emotional needs of students and staff because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Westerville City Schools Board of Education approves meeting schedule for 2021

Westerville City School District Board of Education members approved the following 2021 meeting calendar during their Jan. 11 organizational meeting.