Jonathan Alder Local School District
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We want to share a look at the Alder Experience and our efforts in preparing students for success in college, career and life. This Quality Profile provides a comprehensive view of “how the district is doing” beyond the information measured in the State Report Cards issued by the Ohio Department of Education, which are based upon standardized testing.
This report shows how we evaluate our performance and continuous improvement efforts towards our mission and how it directly aligns with our district’s annual Areas of Focus, Goals and Objectives.
We understand the importance of stewardship in providing a high value public education. We are proud of our students, staff, and outstanding facilities, and are thankful for the supportive parent, athletic and music booster groups and so many individuals that work hard behind the scenes for our kids.
If you take a look, I think you will see why it's an exciting time to be a part of Jonathan Alder Schools!
The Jonathan Alder Local School District (JALSD) is located in a rural area primarily in Madison County and extends into Union County to the north and a little into Franklin County to the east. It is situated about 25 miles northwest of Columbus and neighboring Marysville, Hilliard, Dublin, West Jefferson, London and Mechanicsburg. Sixteen miles of US Highway 42 connects the school community from north to south and the geographical area spans 109 square miles (most of which is comprised of rich agricultural and farming land).
Members of the JA School Community feel a strong sense of pride, one grounded in strong values and a commitment to family. The words of one community leader showcase these positive norms, “There is a strong sense of connectedness and belonging across the community, one where community members have strong values and faith … Many born in the community return to live here and raise their own families.” Additionally, there is a strong identity associated with the district and its schools. Many students, parents, extended family, and community residents proudly wear the Alder “A”, showcasing their strong sense of identity as a JA School Community member.
It is our mission and our Responsibility to constantly be striving to provide the Opportunity, Flexibility and Accessibility our students need to
achieve, compete and succeed.
General Fund Revenue
General Fund Expenditures
Cost per Student
Ohio Average Cost per Student
(Per FY 2018 Cupp Report)
Teacher Attendance Rate - 95%
Average Teacher Salary - $58,212
Average Teacher Experience - 13 Years
Student Graduation Rate (4 Year) - 99.4%
The Class of 2019 received $1.96 million dollars in scholarships and grants (and counting).
In 2019, the District replaced 335 chromebooks in supporting a 2:1 ratio (1 mobile device for every 2 students) per our technology five- year integration plan.
JA received the Auditor of State Award (six years running) for exemplary financial reporting for the 2018 fiscal year.
Certified Teachers 145
Classified Staff 88
Total Employees 247
Elementary Schools PK-4 843
Middle School 5-6 347
Junior High 7-8 382
High School 9-12 696
Total Enrollment 2268*
*student enrollment has remained
between 2200-2300 since 2010
Student Teacher Ratio
K-2 21: 1
3-4 22: 1
5-6 26: 1
7-8 26: 1
9-12 25: 1
JA is among the 20% of public districts in the state with the highest academic performance index scores.
JA Preschool programs both earned Step Up to Quality 5-star ratings.
Jonathan Alder has been providing All Day Every Day Kindergarten for the past five years.
Monroe Elementary earned an "A" in Progress and Gap Closing on the Ohio School Report Cards.
Plain City Elementary earned a 71% Adv./Acc. in 3rd Gr. ELA and 68% Adv./Acc. in 3rd and 4th Gr. Math.
Canaan Middle School improved student performance in all areas based on State Report Card Data and NWEA MAP Assessments.
Student Achievement & Growth
Jonathan Alder Junior High received the Momentum Award for Growth for the 4th consecutive year and Overall A Award.
Jonathan Alder High School was awarded AP Honor Roll for the third consecutive year.
The District provides full access and opportunity for all students through a structured evaluation and review of all PK-12 curriculum, instruction and assessment programming such as:
Math in Focus, College Preparatory Math, History Alive, Cengage National Geographic Interactive Science, Project Lead the Way, Writing Workshop, Fundations, SPIRE, Orton Gillingham
"By our teachers for our Teachers" - for the fourth year in a row all teachers and administrators were invited to participate in and facilitate professional learning sessions during the 2019 Summer Innovation Workshop.
Areas of focus
Achievement: JA will meet 100% of Ohio State Assessment Achievement Indicators.
Performance: 65% or more of students will score at the Advanced/Accelerated level on Ohio State Assessments.
Value Added: All students will achieve a minimum of one year’s growth on MAP and/or Ohio State Assessments.
Annual Measurable Objectives: We will close the Achievement Gap through focus on Students with Disabilities and Economically Disadvantaged.
Implement Reading and Writing Workshop across the curriculum and addition of Fundations and SPIRE for phonics instruction.
Integrate technology within our classrooms and schools to personalize and differentiate instruction and to encourage creation and problem-solving with technology.
Implementation of hands-on, inquiry-based science instruction using National Geographic Science and Project Lead the Way.
The Jonathan Alder Education Foundation (JAEF)- a non -profit volunteer run, local organization, established in 1991 and continues to fund scholarships and projects for our students with donated dollars. A long-standing partner with the district, the JAEF provided $26,300.00 for our students in 2019.
Plain City and Monroe Elementary 2nd grade teams have begun the work for an upcoming partnership with Cardinal Health focusing on design thinking.
Plain City Elementary 4th grade students partnered with the Nestle Corporation again this year to write letters and learn about future careers in food science.
All Canaan Middle School students took part in a Tolles Partnership Course, Career Connections.
Thanks to various community partners, including the PC Lions Club, you can now find 10 Little Free Libraries across the district.
The Jonathan Alder Community Support Coalition (JACSC) established in 2015 continues to further support our students and create continuing conversations with our JA community partners and stakeholders. We are proud and extremely grateful for this engaged network of local first responders, county mental health agency representatives, local pastors, parents, staff and community members working to respond to the needs of our school community and recommending broad based supports for our students and their families.
Grades 5-12 partnered with ROX (Ruling Our Experiences), a national non-profit focused on programming, research, and education for girls. The district trained 11 staff members who then led 48 female students through a 20-week curriculum with plans to extend the program through 4th grade.
Outstanding Parent, Music and Athletic Booster Groups continue to volunteer countless hours and raise thousands of dollars in support of our students and programs.
Jonathan Alder Junior High partnered with Tolles for Engineering and Technology courses, DNA for service learning, Nationwide Children's Hospital, participated in Giraffe Club (a service club), and celebrated Veterans at a Hero Appreciation event.
Jonathan Alder hosted a community viewing of Angst, a documentary film about anxiety and its impact on children and their families followed by a panel discussion with area mental health experts.
Students from JAHS participated in the We are the Marjority Rally in collaboration with Madison County Prevention.
As part of our partnership with NAMI of Ohio JAHS held the 2nd Annual Mental Health Awareness ROCKS event at the JA vs. London Basketball Game.
Both Monroe Elementary and Jonathan Alder Junior High partnered with The Ohio State University College of Social Work in working with a social work intern.
Students in 7th, 9th, and 11th grades participated in OHYES Survey (Ohio Healthy Youth Environmental Survey) as part of a collaboration with Madison County Family Services.
JA continues its partnership with DNA of Plain City providing many programs and opportunities for our students and community, including:
LIFT Learning Center
Summer Lunch Program & Camp
Monthly Community Meals
Back-to-school backpack and school supply give away
Partnerships with our local first responders helping to keep all of us safe. We are grateful for our partnerships with the Plain City Police Department, Madison and Union County Sheriff's Departments, Pleasant Valley Joint Fire Department, State Highway Patrol, and Madison County Emergency Management Agency.
The district partners with The Counseling Source for School Based Mental Health Counseling. Sixty-four students were referred for school based counseling.
Hope's Lantern and Sufficient Grace Supplemental Food Programs continue to provide supplemental food every week to students across the district.
We will work to maintain and strengthen effective two way communication systems.
Areas of focus
Both Monroe and Plain City Elementary will work to identify more students to connect to The Counseling Source.
JA will continue to develop and strengthen existing partnerships with our families and community.
The Memorial Health Athletic Partnership is in its sixth year providing a full-time athletic trainer and $20,000 annually for our athletic facilities and equipment.
The Transportation Department implemented a district wide routing software system designed to streamline routes, improve communications, enhance efficiency, and raise overall performance/customer service.
JA initiated Strategic Planning Committee to look at anticipated growth in and around our community that may impact our schools.
Staff from Canaan Middle School took part in budget preparation and planning to maximize instructional resources.
On a $21 million budget, the District maintains a two (2) month Cash Operating Reserve balance.
JA received over $72,000.00 in Grants & Donations for the 2019 Fiscal Year.
As part of a partnership with the Nestle Corporation, PCES earned a $5,000 grant to fund healthy and nutritious lifestyles, including the purchase of playground equipment, more polar watches, and healthy snacks.
JAJH was a recipient of a Target Grant which allowed students to go on a service learning field trip. They also received a a grant from the JA Education Foundation which was used to purchase new technology equipment for broadcasting and video production.
The district reduced annual technology costs by $9600 and increased stability of connectivity to Monroe ES by switching from use of microwave towers to leased fiber optic cable.
By leveraging Federal E-Rate funds the district made network infrastructure upgrades, replacing all network switching equipment and saved the district 60% of the total cost.
General Fund Expenditures
Salaries & Wages $11,906,212
Retirement & Benefits $4,963,083
Purchased Services $2,669,666
Capital Outlay $405,355
Supplies & Materials $853,892
Other Expenditures $312,493
General Fund Revenue
General Property Tax $6,657,515
Income Tax $4,087,610
Utility Personal Property Tax $385,307
State Basic Aid $8,127,622
Property Tax Allocation $865,047
Other Revenue $2,344,081
Fiscal Year 2019
Continue to encourage and provide assistance to employees in generating revenue through alternative sources of funds, shared services, grants and donations.
Monitor and maintain cash reserve guideline as the district potentially approaches deficit spending in FY 21
Determine a renewal date for the 7 yr. .5% earned income tax expiring in 2021.
Conduct the Three (3) Year Satisfaction Survey
Utilize the Strategic Planning Committee:
Monitor growth and enrollment trends
Research property acquisition
Tell the JA story through community meetings
Monroe Elementary hosted Giving Day and Social-Emotional Learning Day.
Plain City Elementary held Kindness Day where one activity includes students and teachers painting a rock for the Kindness Rock Garden in the front of the school.
Canaan Middle School students took part in harassment/bullying education, Signs of Suicide Prevention, ROX, Start with Hello/Say Something Program, and regular classroom meetings to develop a culture of trust and acceptance among students/staff.
Jonathan Alder Junior High hosted Service Learning Days, ROX, SOS, Grief Group and screening of Angst with staff and students.
Jonathan Alder High School offered Digital Abuse/Internet Safety for 9th grade, SOS for 10th grade, formed a JA Youth-Led Prevention Group (JA Leaders for Change) and ROX.
The District boast thriving choral, instrumental, and performing arts groups with growing numbers of student participation.
All buildings participated in the Panorama Survey to plan for Social Emotional Learning goals in each building.
The District utilizes the expertise and support of various community agencies such as: Madison & Union County Family & First Council, Salvation Army, Community Action, Madison County Cluster, Madison County Prevention, Mental Health Recovery Board, NAMI, Sandy Hook Promise, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Miami Valley Developmental Center.
Students in grades 7-12 have access to 14 OHSAA sanctioned athletic programs
Over 84% of students in grades 7-12 participated in at least one co and/or extra-curricular activity.
Ryan Gross, Alder Bus Technician will represent Ohio in "2019 America's Best School Bus Competition and Training" for the second time in the past three years.
The District Transportation conducted a safety review to evaluate current practices and identify areas for improvement to include:
Piloting a new bus loop at the high school
Decreasing the number of times students cross roads at pick-up/drop-off on all bus routes.
District Safety Day- In collaboration with our first responders, we continue to set aside a full-day of District Wide Training & Professional Development for staff. Topics include;
school safety plans
emergency management tests
active shooter & enhanced lockdown
review of bullying and anti-harassment policies
responding to mental health crisis in school settings
teacher ethics and professional conduct
drug and alcohol awareness
Monroe Elementary and Plain City Elementary will focus on self-regulation
JA is committed to shared leadership, collaboration, creativity and innovation as it relates to all aspects of district work.
We will foster integration of social-emotional learning within the curriculum .
We will identify and implement proactive strategies to promote tolerance, respect, dignity and a sense of belonging for all students.
AREAS OF FOCUS
New security vestibule at the JH in the 2018-19 School year.
Mary Jo Boyd
Misty Swanger, Ed. D.
... striving to provide the Opportunity, Flexibility and Accessibility our students need to achieve, compete and succeed.
9200 US Route 42
Plain City, OH 43064
Graduation, Groundbreaking, Chorale Department, and Fall Play photos courtesy of Diane Spagnuolo
Softball State Championship photos courtesy of Bernie Keeney
All other photos submitted by our Community Partners & JA Staff