Category Archives: District News

June Update

June 2021

Dear parents and community members:

Congratulations to the Class of 2021
On a beautiful Saturday, the Roosevelt Class of 2021 held their graduation ceremony outside on the Student Green at Kent State University.  I’m so proud of our approximately 240 graduates and their teachers.  As I told them in my remarks at Commencement, I admire their perseverance.  The Class of 2021 came together to make the best of a difficult situation.  We counted on them, and they came through for all of us.

Vaccines for ages 12 and up
The availability of vaccines for students ages 12 and older really makes a difference in our thinking about returning to a five-day-a-week schedule in the fall.  We recently held vaccine clinics for students ages 12 and over.  The positive response was much higher than predicted by our partners at Akron Children’s Hospital, who organized the vaccine clinics.  These students will receive their second doses on Wednesday, June 16, at Stanton Middle School.  Times will be announced.

Planning for next year
After all the upheavals during the last year because of COVID, I’m happy to report that we are now putting together plans for five-day-a-week school next fall.  I am cautiously optimistic that we can return to “normal” when school begins on August 25.  We will be monitoring the COVID situation closely and hope to announce our plans by mid-summer.

Watch for Bond Issue projects underway this summer
Over the summer, entrances at the six school buildings will be renovated to provide secure entries.  Artificial turf and a new sound system will be installed at the stadium.  Air conditioning with increased airflow and upgraded heating and power systems will be added at the four elementary schools.

Longer lasting and more energy efficient LED lighting will be installed indoors and outdoors across the district.  New gym floors will be added at Holden and Walls, and flooring replaced at Stanton Middle School.  These are just some of the construction projects funded by the $25 million “No New Tax” Bond Issue approved overwhelmingly by Kent voters in 2020.

Rough Riders Read returns with free books
Now in its third year, Rough Riders Read returns to give students in kindergarten through twelfth grade a free book.  The popular program encourages students to read over the summer and avoid the “summer slide” of reading comprehension skills. Volunteers wearing masks and gloves will distribute the books to children, who must stay in their cars until their turn.

  • June 15, 5 – 7 p.m., Walls Elementary
  • June 29, 5 – 7 p.m., Holden Elementary
  • July 13, 5 – 7 p.m., Al Lease Park
  • July 27, 5 – 7 p.m., Davey Elementary
  • August 10, 5 – 7 p.m., Longcoy Elementary

Enroll now for Fall 2021
New to Kent?  Do you have a child who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2021?  Resident enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Please click “Enroll Now” on this web page tab and follow the prompts.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Kent City Schools.

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

May Update

May 2021

Dear parents and community members:

Roosevelt students receive first dose of Pfizer vaccine
Last month, approximately 156 students at Roosevelt High School received Pfizer vaccinations from Akron Children’s Hospital. Only students aged 16 or older with parental permission could get the two-dose Pfizer vaccine.  In April, about 510 teachers and staff received their second dose of the vaccine.

Air conditioning for elementaries to be installed this summer
One of this summer’s projects funded by the “No New Tax” bond issue includes installing a new HVAC system in Kent’s four elementary buildings.  Current uninvent heating systems are over 50 years old and will be replaced with energy efficient heating and air conditioning units.  The new system allows for the circulation of 35 percent of outside air, which is necessary in the post-COVID era.  Bipolar ionization units, which help remove contaminants from the air, will also be installed. Air conditioning projects for Roosevelt High School are scheduled for installation during the summer of 2022 with bipolar ionization installation to all existing units in the district.  In addition to improved air quality and thermal comfort for students and teachers, the district will benefit from utility cost savings.

 Kent Schools agree to a mutually beneficial exchange with Davey Tree
Seven years after the closing of Franklin School, the Kent Board of Education announced that it has reached an agreement for a mutually beneficial exchange with The Davey Tree Expert Company.

In return for the 8-acre site and building, the Kent School district will receive a key piece of property adjacent to Stanton Middle School.  This 1.75-acre parcel fronts on Hudson Road north of Stanton and includes an existing access drive off Hudson Road north of the Middle School.  The acquisition will allow the district to construct a new road on the northeast side of the school building to connect to this access drive, which will be used for bus drop offs and pickups.

According to Superintendent George Joseph, the acquisition is the final piece needed to complete the secondary campus safety plan, part of the district’s most recent strategic plan developed with community input.

As part of the exchange, the district will receive $456,000 from Davey Tree in recognition of the respective appraised values of the exchanged properties.  In addition, Davey Tree will permit parking in its expanded lot for up to 12 evening events per year at Roosevelt Stadium.

Joseph said, “I’m excited about the opportunity to partner with The Davey Tree Expert Company in a property exchange, which will enhance the safety of our students, visitors and vehicles on the Kent City Schools secondary campus.  The new property and proceeds will allow us to construct a connecting access drive behind Stanton for bus traffic. This plan will ensure a safer drop off and pickup area for students.”

In addition to the safety issues noted by Joseph, Pat Covey, Davey’s chairman, president and CEO, said he is excited that the exchange will help connect two Davey-related properties on the east side of State Route 43, while allowing for greater community access to the site.

“We’d like to extend our science and learning center by connecting our Davey East campus with the John Davey Arboretum,” Covey said. “We’ll know more in a few months once the due diligence is finished, but for now, we’re eager to begin the process and are pleased to have this opportunity to work with our partners at the Kent City School District.”

 Enroll now for Fall 2021
New to Kent?  Do you have a child who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2021?  Resident enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Please click “Enroll Now” on this web page tab and follow the prompts.

Extended Learning Plan
As a response to Governor DeWine’s request to help students advance academically and to make up for any learning that may have been lost or delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Kent City Schools assessed the physical, human, and fiscal resources available to provide extended learning opportunities to our students with regard to the guidance from the Ohio Department of Education. This plan may be modified as needed as circumstances may change throughout the Spring and Summer of 2021.
Kent City Schools Learning Recovery & Extended Learning Plan

Exciting news about upcoming construction projects
View this link to see photos and details about a number of projects funded by the “No New Tax” Bond Issue.
Kent City Schools – A “District-Wide” Renovation Project

Thank you again for your continued support of the Kent City Schools.

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

April Update

Roosevelt HS COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic info for April 16, 2021

Kent City Schools Learning Recovery & Extended Learning Plan


April 2021

Dear parents and community members:

Returning to in-person learning four days per week
After Spring Break, about two-thirds of our Kent students will return to in-person learning four days per week. On Tuesday, April 6, the K-12 students, who have been attending school two days a week will now attend four days a week—from Tuesday through Friday. This group, called Cohort A and B, makes up about 2,000 of Kent’s approximately 3,000 students.

Those students in Cohort C, whose families chose 100 percent remote learning, will continue in 100 percent remote learning for the rest of this school year. Mondays will be used for state assessments and teacher follow-up on students from all cohorts. Preschool will continue with its current schedule. Masks will be required with frequent sanitizing, hand washing and social distancing.

Extended Learning Plan
As a response to Governor DeWine’s request to help students advance academically and to make up for any learning that may have been lost or delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Kent City Schools assessed the physical, human, and fiscal resources available to provide extended learning opportunities to our students with regard to the guidance from the Ohio Department of Education. This plan may be modified as needed as circumstances may change throughout the Spring and Summer of 2021.
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Exciting news about upcoming construction projects
View this link to see photos and details about a number of projects funded by the “No New Tax” Bond Issue.
Kent City Schools – A “District-Wide” Renovation Project
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Teachers, staff receive second vaccinations
More than 510 teachers and staff members received their second COVID vaccines on March 22. A vaccination clinic staffed by a collaborative effort between members of the Kent City Health Department, Kent Fire Department, Kent City Schools Administration/Board Office staff and Portage County Health District took place at Stanton Middle School.

New students who live in Kent can enroll for Fall 2021
New to Kent? Do you have a child who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2021? Resident enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Please click “Enroll Now!” on this web page tab and follow the prompts.

See the 2021-2022 school calendar
Find the 2021-22 school calendar at archive.kentschools.net/calendar.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Kent City Schools.

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools