Maumee City Schools Report

By Steve Lee
Interim Superintendent | Maumee City Schools

September 22, 2022

Maumee City School District Begins 2022-23 School Year With New Leadership & Strong State Report Card Scores

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Maumee community. On July 29, the Maumee City Schools Board of Education named me as interim superintendent of the school district. I am honored to undertake this role and lead Maumee City Schools into the future. Thank you to the entire Maumee community for welcoming me. 

Though I am serving in a new role, what I look forward to most each year will not change, and that is seeing our students succeed in the classroom and beyond. I served as Maumee’s assistant superintendent for the last six years and was a principal and elementary school teacher in Springfield Schools before coming to Maumee. I have my master’s degree in school administration and supervision from UT and completed BGSU’s Superintendent Cohort Leadership Academy. My wife Michelle and I have two children who attend Fairfield Elementary School. 

2022-23 School Year Well Underway

This school year began with great optimism, enthusiasm and also a sense of relief. It was a normal start to the year for the first time since the fall of 2019. While it may sound trivial, simple things like our students being able to sit with friends at lunch or side by side with classmates on the carpet for read-aloud have contributed to the positive climate in all our buildings. We are all grateful to take the time and energy spent managing and responding to COVID-19 and invest it into providing exceptional educational programs and services for our students.  

Strategic Plan & Data-Driven Decision Making Allow Schools To Quickly Regroup After Pandemic

I want to remind the community that more than 30 stakeholders (students, staff, community members and local leaders) came together in the winter of 2019 to help develop our district’s multi-year strategic plan. Having a comprehensive strategic plan in place, a plan that outlines our vision for the future, daily mission, shared values, top priorities and aligned goals and strategies, allowed us to quickly refocus our efforts as an organization following all the pandemic restrictions. 

In addition to having a solid strategic plan guiding our work, our continual monitoring of student learning data means we can progress toward our goals throughout the school year. For example, when data shows us that students are making the academic growth we expect, we continue the learning practices that are working. When data shows that students are not making the desired progress, we immediately intervene and make adjustments. These data-driven practices help ensure student success, as evidenced by the strong performance documented on Ohio’s State Report Card released last week on September 15. 

Maumee City Schools Earns Five-Star Ratings On State Report Card Just Released

In Ohio, much like other states across the country, learning loss due to COVID-19 restrictions can be documented. We anticipated this reality and proactively put several new educational strategies in place that directly address and remediate learning loss. We have identified areas for growth, and we are implementing aligned action plans to address them, but we also need to celebrate our successes on Ohio’s annual School Report Card. 

The school district earned 4- and 5-star ratings almost across the board: 

Progress Rating – Five Stars
Gap Closing Rating – Five Stars
Graduation Rating – Five Stars
Achievement Rating – Four Stars

Early literacy scores were our lowest rating, and this continues to be a major focus in our elementary schools. Teachers teach employing the “science of reading,” we have a new phonics curriculum in place and our teachers are midway through the two-year LETRS training initiative. These strategies are in place so we can meet our youngest students where they come to us educationally and propel them forward to exceeding state standards in each grade. 

Let me end by saying that I am committed to continuing the outstanding programs and services that Maumee City Schools is known for as we strive to live our mission – Maumee City Schools is 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. I look forward to meeting many more members of this great community.

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