2. Tax hike considered for new building
Monroe residents could see a school tax hike on the ballot next year for a new school to replace one of the oldest schools in Butler County.
The Monroe Primary School first opened its doors in 1954, and officials in charge of the growing school system said the 63-year-old school has in recent years proven to be too expensive to repair or expand and too small to handle the district’s rising enrollment.
Monroe school officials are now considering two options:
- Constructing a new school on the field adjacent to the Primary School that used to be the campus and football stadium for the former Lemon-Monroe High School, which was demolished last year.
- Another option would be to expand Monroe's other school — the grades 2-12 Monroe School complex about a mile away off of Yankee Road at the school's expansive, hilltop campus.
3. Superintendent retiring at end of school year
Monroe Superintendent Phil Cagwin, who began his career in public education in 1975, will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
A decade-long superintendent for Talawanda Schools before retiring and then taking the top Monroe Schools’ job in 2012, the 64-year-old Cagwin said he wants to spend more time with his family.
“I have many fond memories of serving as a teacher, coach, special education director, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent,” said Cagwin.
4. Finances are in order
Monroe Local Schools, which in 2014 was released from state financial supervision for fixing its previous financial disarray, was cited earlier this year as having some of the best fiduciary standing among the state’s 612 public school districts.
The 2,800-student district was included in Ohio Auditor David Yost’s most recent listings for “Auditor of State Award,” which is earned by school systems — and other taxpayer-funded, local entities — for having a “clean” audit report for 2016.
The district was included in Ohio Auditor David Yost’s most recent listings for “Auditor of State Award,” which is earned by school systems — and other taxpayer-funded, local entities — for having a “clean” audit report for 2016.
It’s quite a turnaround from 2012, when unexpected budget deficits put Monroe Schools under state supervision as part of falling into “fiscal emergency,” which included the Ohio Auditor’s and Ohio Department of Education’s supervision of the school district.
5. Complete athletic forms online
The Monroe Jr./Sr. High School Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service.
Parents will now be able to complete and sign athletic participation forms online for their students.
FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, according to the district, saving families times from having to re-fill forms each school year.