Maumee City Schools Report

By Steve Lee
Superintendent | Maumee City Schools

January 19, 2023

Superintendent Welcomes New Year With State Of The District Report

Happy New Year from Maumee City Schools. As we begin a new calendar year, I want to take this opportunity to update the community on several key areas that we are very excited about: new financial resources, improving academics, facility enhancements, new staff supporting our students and the fall 2023 move to a new athletic league.  

We have worked hard over the past few years to carefully manage the district’s financial resources and allocate funds to maximize the positive impact on student learning and achievement. We have maintained a strong financial position despite the challenges and uncertainties of the past two-plus school years. We were fortunate to receive pandemic relief funding that we will continue to spend down during this school year and next to remediate learning loss and help offset additional costs of providing educational services during the pandemic.

In addition to good financial stability, we have also made significant progress in meeting our academic strategic goals and initiatives. This work has led to measurable improvements in academic outcomes and created a more positive and inclusive school culture as reflected on our last school report card from the state of Ohio. 

Maumee City Schools To Receive $300,000 In Safety Grant Funding

The school district applied for safety funding made available by the state of Ohio and we will receive $300,000 this school year to be spent at our three elementary schools for projects outlined in the grant application. These will include many safety enhancements within the schools as well as building access improvements. In addition to these grant-funded enhancements, we will continue to convene our monthly safety committee (which includes Maumee first responders and staff from across the district) to continually review and discuss ways to make our schools safer for students and staff. 

Facility Improvements Are Coming This Spring & Summer

We have painting, tiling and small building repair projects underway inside our schools, and a large fencing installation on Fairfield Elementary School’s back playground area. When the weather warms, other improvement projects will be started, including paving at the back of Wayne Trail Elementary School and improvements on the front playground at Union School. Facility improvements such as these are possible thanks to Maumee taxpayers approving a permanent-improvement levy in November 2014. This levy generates approximately $900,000 annually for improvements that have a very long life. 

Professional Development Opportunities Available For Faculty And Staff

In addition to six full days of professional development throughout the school year that covers a wide range of topics, staff receives training at their individual school staff meetings, after school and in the summer. 

A major focus for Maumee K-3 elementary teachers continues to be LETRS training. LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) is evidence-based professional learning that is showing a dramatic impact on literacy success for students. LETRS teaches the skills needed to master the fundamentals of reading instruction – phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing and language. It strengthens knowledge of the science of reading and the development of the reading brain and trains teachers to help students improve foundational literacy skills such as decoding and language comprehension. LETRS is a two-year intensive professional learning experience.

Our teachers in grades 4-12 are working together to vertically strengthen and align curriculum and instruction in the subjects of math, science, social studies, English language arts, art, music and physical education. In addition, staff who work with students identified as gifted, as well as students with special learning and behavioral needs, take part in specialized training. And, we are all gearing up for required training in suicide awareness and prevention, violence prevention and social inclusion; all of which are required following new state and federal mandates. 

District Adds New Staff Positions To Meet Student Needs

At the start of last school year, behavioral specialist Nate Bishop joined the Maumee City Schools staff. He assesses students’ unique behavioral needs and creates an individualized behavior intervention plan when necessary. This school year, we added four behavior technicians to the team, and they work with students in grades K-8, under the supervision of Mr. Bishop and school principals. 

Why these new positions, you may ask? When a student is struggling in math or reading, there are many traditional interventions to employ. But helping students overcome behavior issues that impact their academic success is not as clear-cut. These specially trained staff members are making remarkable progress with our students.

We are in the process of employing a social worker who will work exclusively with Maumee families with children from preschool through third grade to reduce barriers to school success during these early years. This staff member will be very involved in family engagement activities and will assist parents in finding community-based pre-kindergarten educational programs for their children.

 Northern Buckeye Conference Begins With Fall Sports Season

Beginning in the fall 2023 sports season, Maumee City Schools will officially be a member of the NBC and not the NLL. While we will continue to be in athletic competition with many NLL schools, our students will be in league play and tournaments with the other NBC schools – Rossford, Eastwood, Oak Harbor, Fostoria, Woodmore, Lake and Genoa.

January puts us about half of the way through the 2022-23 school year, and we are excited to continue building on the momentum of the first half of the year. We look forward to the continued support of our families, students, staff and the entire Maumee City Schools community, so that we can live out our mission to be a community that invests in every child, every day, to ensure all students find their success. 

Please feel free to contact me any time by calling (419) 893-3200 or emailing me at slee@maumeek12.org.

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