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At the July 19th Board of Education Superintendent Mr. Sotlar announced that the Canal Winchester School District AT THIS TIME would not require masks for the school year, including busing.  Staff and students are more than welcome to wear masks if they choose.  This statement is with the knowledge that if any local, state or federal mandate or requirement is handed down the school district will follow those mandates.  Over the past 18 months we have all learned it is difficult to predict the future.  The district is continuing to keep cleaning and disinfecting practices in place.  Returning to a normal school year with all students in attendance will be a challenge, but continuing to keep safe distance where and when possible will continue.  These practices will vary by building.  The district does anticipate more announcements from the state regarding the school year in the near future.

Empowering All Students for Success

Canal Winchester

Local Schools


Superintendent's Message

It’s the time of the year for rejuvenation and fresh starts, and the same goes for school. After almost a year of schooling in Hybrid Learning or Remote Learning models, we are on the path to getting back to “normal” and it feels like a new beginning!
Walking the halls and seeing classrooms filled with students was one the most exciting days I have had as an educator in a long time! It a great feeling knowing we are on a path to getting back to some type of normalcy for students, staff, and families. Although we are not out of the woods yet, the end is getting closer. 
 Over the last several months we have heard a lot of discussion around learning loss and getting students caught up academically. While I don’t disagree that learning loss has occurred, I would prefer to talk about the opportunities and the potential each student has to learn in ways that meet their needs. This year has truly changed the way we will approach teaching and learning moving forward. We have buildings full of staff members who truly believe in our students and will design classroom environments and learning opportunities where all students feel empowered to do their best! Although this school year has been like no other one, I am confident that the direction were are in will continue to develop and inspire our students to work toward their full potentials. 
 Our Portrait of a Graduate (POG) will continue to serve as our compass for the educational experiences we provide for all students. The POG is just that – a portrait or design of the characteristics we strive to instill during their time here in Canal Winchester Local Schools: respectful citizens, problem solvers, communicators, collaborators, self-aware individuals and responsible learners. All of this focus on the whole child begins from elementary all the way through high school. We don’t just want students to walk away with a diploma and lots of great memories; rather, we hope to equip them with lifelong skills that collectively enable them to take on life’s next chapter whatever that may be. 
 We will continue to focus on Empowering All Students for Success. STEM and Project Based Learning (PBL) provide instruction designed for students to gain knowledge and skills by actively exploring real-world problems/challenges, our 1:1 Chromebook program, and our Diversity and Inclusion initiative that values equity, inclusivity, and diversity. All of these initiatives will continue to be rooted in our Portrait of a Graduate. Stepping back, you will begin to see connections and purpose to things such as community service projects. These projects not only help the community, but they will teach our students how to be good citizens and collaborate with a team. Teaching each individual these important character traits and life skills as they go out into the world only serves to make the world a better place.  
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 and inclusive learning environments for all of our students. 


Jim Sotlar, Superintendent

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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.

Superintendent James Sotlar
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