London City schools are gearing up for an exciting school year in 2017-2018, with new programs, new leadership and modernization efforts.
Classes start Wednesday, Aug. 16 where students will be met with various changes and new opportunities.
One of the biggest changes will be a new principal and assistant principal at London Elementary School and a vice principal at London Middle School..
Tabitha Wilburn will be taking over from Carol Daniels as principal at the elementary. She was selected back in June after Daniels retired, just before her tragic passing back in July.
Wilburn holds a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in early childhood education with a specialty in reading from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and is finishing up another master’s in educational administration from Concordia University.
Her prior experience includes being the interim principal at Mount Gilead Schools. For six months, she worked as the sole administrator of the Mount Gilead district’s Park Avenue Elementary School.
James Stutzman will be the new assistant principal at the middle school. Previously, he was the New Lexington High School principal. Stutzman has worn many hats in his career, with a resume that includes a stint as Dean of Students, Athletic Director, and PE/Health teacher at both the middle school and high school levels.
Some classwork got an overhaul too.
Math and English Language Arts will have new curriculums, with new textbooks, materials which students will have 24/7 access to online.
“The English Language Arts curriculum features high-interest literary and informational texts that engage students by collaborating with peers, reading and understanding complex texts, and writing,” said the district in a press release. “The Math curriculum features instruction that promotes math understanding, fluency, and real-world application.”
There’s also extra opportunities for both less successful students and more ambitious ones as well.
The new program is called London Unlimited and will provide additional class time after the normal 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. high school day. Extra class will be held until 4 p.m. for those who register.
While mostly for students hoping to catch up on failed coursework, there are plans to make the extra class hours be available for high achieving students too. Extra classes may be offered to help students speed through course requirements, internships, find college credit opportunities or learn foreign languages unavailable during the regular school day.
The program incorporates the district’s blended and virtual learning programs, College Credit Plus, and a credit flexibility policy to individualize each student’s learning.
A move to technology
LCS is also modernizing, expanding how computers work with class work.
During schedule pick up at the high school, over 600 Chromebooks will be handed out to each student in a program the district is calling “The One-To-One initiative.”
It will guarantee students can access work and other resources at home and even take online courses if they wish, such as through the aforementioned London Unlimited program.
The schools’ internet infrastructure also got an upgrade along with its firewall, to protect students and prevent unapproved use of devices.
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, or on Twitter @msfkwiat.