Fairfield Schools: 5 things to know for back to school

Construction projects created a later-than-normal start for Fairfield City Schools this school year.

Here are 5 things to know as Fairfield City Schools starts a new school year Tuesday, Sept. 5:

1. Mark these important upcoming dates

  • Tuesday, Sept. 5: First day of school
  • Saturday, Sept. 9: Dedication ceremony for three new school buildings
  • Friday, Sept. 15: Home football game against Lakota East, 7 p.m.

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2. Three new schools welcoming students

Today marks a historic first for Fairfield City Schools. The city school system is opening three new schools: Central Elementary, Compass Elementary and Fairfield Freshman School as classes begin for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Of the district’s 10,000 students, about 20 percent will begin learning in the new schools today.

Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. residents approved a tax hike in 2014 to pay for most of the $80 million price tag for the schools, with the state school facilities fund paying a portion.

Explore VIDEO: A peek inside the new Compass Elementary

3. School board race is uncontested

No new voices will be joining the Fairfield Board of Education this fall.

Three current board members — Dan Hare, Michael Berding and Brian Begley — are all seeking re-election to three open seats. In addition, Carrie O’Neal is seeking re-election to one unexpired term on the board.

VIDEO: Take a tour inside the new Central Elementary

4. New position targets bullying

The Fairfield Board of Education approved in July the district’s new “Bullying and Harassment Officer,” a position “to coordinate district preventives and training for students, staff and parents.”

Donna Martin, currently Fairfield Schools’ coordinator of district information, was appointed to the job starting Aug. 1.

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“While serving as the Bullying and Harassment Officer, she will coordinate initiatives such as anti-bullying and anti-harassment workshops, training, and programs,” said Fairfield Superintendent Billy Smith.

5. Schools see new leadership

New principals will lead several schools in the district this school year:

  • Kyle Jamison has been named director at Fairfield Academy.
  • Melissa Muller is the new principal at Fairfield West Elementary.
  • Karin Franchini will be principal at the new Creekside Middle School.
  • Asha Lambert will be principal at the new Compass Elementary.
  • David Maine will be principal at the new Crossroads Middle School.

New assistant principals in the district include: Lisa Pugh (Crossroads Middle School); Chrissy Zboril (dean of students, Fairfield Academy); Asha Lambert (Compass Elementary); Terrez Thomas (Fairfield West Elementary); Jen Mott (Fairfield High School); and Aaron Blankenship (Fairfield High School).

Staff writer Emma Steifel contributed to this report.

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