Empowering All Students for Success

Canal Winchester

Local Schools


Superintendent's Message

Heading into the holiday break, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish our CW community a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable holiday season. I am grateful to be part of a district and community that supports education even during these unprecedented times.
Though this holiday season may look a little different this year, I hope we can all take the time to reflect on the hidden gifts 2020 has given us. Out of difficult circumstances, we have realized the ordinary is actually pretty extraordinary. Looking back on the year here are some of those things I am grateful for:
  • The opportunity to continue educating students and for all of the little things we may not have experienced had our doors not reopened this past fall. I am thankful for these glimpses of normal and reminders of what an amazing school district we are all part of.
  • Our parents who have had to adjust their schedules to match Hybrid and CWOLA learning. Our students who continue to show up and are ready to learn whether in-person or online. Thank you for making the most out of the school year.
  • Our teachers who have had to modify and create multiple lesson plans to cover different types of learning, answer students’ questions at all times of the day, while many balance the roles of parent and remote learning instructor with their own children. Thank you for never giving up. 
  • Our entire staff from administrators to support staff who have taken on new responsibilities to make this school year work. They have been creative and flexible to safely problem solve, conduct daily district business, communicate, and work together in ways we have never done before. Thank you for the being such an outstanding team.
  • Our Board of Education members who have supported, trusted and worked with our district’s leadership to offer flexibility and educational options for our CW families. They have advocated for our students to ensure they continue to receive a quality education and have the resources to do so during these times of uncertainty.  
This year has brought challenges and changes, but I appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience to work through this new process. I always knew Canal Winchester was an amazing place, and 2020 has confirmed that. True character comes out during difficult times, and I could not be more proud to be part of this community. Happy Holidays & Happy New Year to you and your family. 


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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