TROY — Great students, staff and programs at Troy City Schools is what makes Troy — Troy.
Troy City Schools Superintendent Eric Herman presented his take on the city schools’ part in the community during the 13th annual “State of the Schools” presentation on Wednesday, sponsored by the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce.
“The city of Troy is really good to us and the Troy community and parents. We have people who move here because of all of you — all the services we have, all the things we have — why wouldn’t you want to move here?” Herman said. “We have no trouble getting teachers to come here because they want to come here to teach because of all the things we have available.”
“We have a lot of good things going in Troy — we really do,” Herman said.
Herman closed his presentation with a breakdown of the district’s aging facilities ranging from the 103-year-old Van Cleve Sixth Grade building to its “youngest” building the 44-year-old Troy Junior High School. Herman shared how the district is forming a community committee to begin the discussion of the district’s facilities and future plans.
“We are going to start talking to the community about our buildings and what should we do,” Herman said. “We are going to have conversations with people and see what they think and look at our buildings, which is very, very important.”
Herman shared how the district has a five-year capital improvement plan to expend its funds for projects such as roof replacements, heating and cooling maintenance and other improvements from its $685,000 permanent improvement levy funds per year.
“As a community we need to take some time and have some discussion because these buildings can’t go on forever,” said Herman, noting $65-70,000 a year in maintenance is required at the Van Cleve building alone.
Herman said the district received a state grant for new security cameras and systems to improve student safety, which are now installed district-wide.
He also highlighted several Troy City School programs, such as its arts and music achievements and the successful Pop Rocks team, which travels the region to perform their jump rope routine. Troy High School seniors also introduced themselves and stated their intended college and their future studies. Herman said Troy High School’s ACT average score of 23 was higher than the state of Ohio’s average of 21. He also noted that the class of 2015 earned $3.1 million in scholarships for their post-graduation pursuits.
Herman shared the challenges in the district including that 41 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch programs, 103 students list English as their second language and 44 students in the district are currently homeless.
Other challenges include funding and inconsistent state test requirements and standards.
Herman said the state testing process has “been kind of a mess, it’s starting to get better,” Herman said. Herman said last year’s test results taken in the spring of 2015 were just revealed last February.
For more information, visit www.troy.k12.oh.us
Reach Melanie Yingst at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews