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The Superintendent of Schools shall strive to achieve District goals for students by providing educational direction and supervision to the professional staff and supervision to the non-teaching staff and by acting as a proper model for staff and students both in the school and outside the District.

The Superintendent of Schools is the chief executive and administrative officer of the Board. The Superintendent reports directly to the Board, has all powers and duties imposed upon the office by statute, and has all executive and administrative powers and duties in connection with the overall operation of the school which are not required by statute to be exercised directly by the Board or some other officer. The Superintendent exercises leadership through school administrators who comprise the Leadership Team.

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

The season of fall is upon us, and school is in full swing. We had a very good start to the school year, and I hope to see continued success as we progress throughout the year. Our mission of Empowering All Students for Success means more now than ever. With a highly competitive job market, it is our responsibility to ensure each student is prepared for their future after high school, whether it is college or a career.

Over the last few years, our focus has been on developing pathways for students to help give them a head start on a career pathway or provide them with a certificate after the successful completion of courses to give them an advantage when applying for jobs. We have several pathways for high school students: Pre-Engineering, Medical, Pharmacy Technician, Business, Insurance & Risk Management, and CISCO Networking. For more information on each pathway, please visit the high school website and click on 2017-18 course offerings, or contact the high school office.

We feel we have done a great job touting the fact that we HAVE these pathways, but need to do a better job explaining just what this means for your student. Each course is designed to give our students a realistic experience in each area to make a better-informed decision on their next step after high school. In addition, many of these courses are dual credit, meaning your student could receive both high school AND college credit for most of these courses. We know the cost of a 4-year college education is very expensive, and we also know not all career fields require a 4-year college degree. The more opportunities we can provide our students in high school will hopefully pay off for them later in life. The pathways start at the middle school with classes in the medical pathway, Robotics/Engineering, and Computer Sciences. Please contact your school for more information on these opportunities for next school year. If your student is not taking advantage of these pathways, they are truly missing out.

As we try to prepare students for their future, we also understand the importance of developing positive relations with students and their parents. Our theme for the year is centered around relationships with a focus on having a positive attitude. A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances, instead of your circumstances having power over you. If we build positive relationships and have a positive attitude, great things will continue to happen for everyone! Please let us know if we can assist you in any way as you and your students make course selections later this school year.

I am proud to be part of this school system and community, and we will continue to work hard to ensure that our schools offer and deliver a high-quality education in one of the top districts in Ohio. Let’s make this a great year!


Jim Sotlar, Superintendent

Superintendent James Sotlar
James Sotlar
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100 Washington Street
Canal Winchester, OH 43110
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