There are many times when I am attending various community and school events where I am asked, “How is the district doing?”
Depending upon the lens of the individuals asking, they may be referring to student safety, academic performance, our instrumental and performing arts programs, extra-curricular activities, finances, enrollment and/or how growth in and around our community may impact our schools.
While there are many standardized data points to which I could refer, none of them fully encompass the entire scope of what we do for our students each and every day.
This Quality Profile provides a more comprehensive view of “how the district is doing” in all of those areas and highlights our efforts in preparing our students for success in college, career and life.
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 parents and individuals that work so 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!
Jonathan Alder Board of Education
Mary Jo Boyd, President
Christine Blacka, Vice President
The Quality Profile - How are we doing?
Misty Swanger, Ed. D.
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.
... striving to provide the opportunity, flexibility and accessibility
our students need to achieve, compete and succeed.
Fiscal Year 2018
General Fund Revenue $21,946,692
General Fund Expenditures $20,231,857
Cost Per Student: $9,793
Ohio Average: $11,603
(Per FY 2017 Cupp Report)
2017 ACT Scores
2017 JAHS Cohort: 23.6
State Composite Score: 22.0
99.4% - 4 Year Graduation Rate
Maintained a 2:1 ratio (1 mobile device for every 2 students) by expanding technology infrastructure and acquiring mobile labs of Chromebooks and iPads providing students greater accessibility than ever before.
The District's geographical footprint spans 109 square miles. We have 25 buses that travel a total daily average of 1,828 miles or approximately 80 miles per bus.
Certified Teachers: 144
Classified Staff: 88
Total Employees: 244
Elementary Schools PK-4: 857
Middle School 5-6: 341
Junior High 7-8: 374
High School 9-12: 691
Total Enrollment: 2263*
*student enrollment has remained between 2200-2300 since 2010
Student Teacher Ratio
Facts & Figures
Jonathan Alder Local Schools strives
to provide curriculum, instruction and
resources to ensure all students are
college and career ready.
Student Achievement, Growth,
and Continuous Improvement
99.4% of JAHS students graduate in 4 years
99.3% of 3rd graders met Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements for promotion to the 4th grade last school year
In September 2017, Columbus Business First ranked Jonathan Alder Local Schools 10th out of 28 major districts in the Central Ohio Region based on the latest State Report Card
The District provides full access and opportunity for all students through a structured evaluation and review of all K-12 curriculum, instruction and assessment programming such as:
Math In Focus, College Preparatory Math, History Alive, Cengage National Geographic, Reading & Writing Workshop, Fundations, SPIRE , Orton Gillingham
Utilization of District Integration Specialist focused on blended learning, teacher professional development has allowed the district to change how technology for instruction is viewed by our teachers, students and community.
New course offerings such as Fitness Based Physical Education and AP Biology. Innovative exposure to Maker Spaces and Virtual Reality
We maintain a 2:1 ratio (1 mobile device for every 2 students) expanding technology infrastructure and the acquisition of mobile labs to provide students with greater accessibility than ever before
Continued partnership with Tolles enabling JAHS and JAJH to provide on-site classes in Pre-engineering, Robotics and IT/Web-Design.
In 2018-2019 The Tolles Partnership is expanding to provide Career Awareness and Exploration in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses for all of our 5th and 6th grade students at Canaan Middle School
The 2018-19 School Year is the fourth year the district has offered All Day Every Day Kindergarten
Reinstated a full-time District Literacy Coach in 2017-18 with a re-emphasis on Reading and Writing Workshop
Increased rigor with 8 Advanced Placement Courses offered at JAHS
1 of 447 districts in the U.S. and Canada to be named to the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll
Goals & aREAS OF fOCUS
Achievement - JA will meet 100% of Ohio State Assessment Achievement Indicators
Performance Index - 65% or more will score at the Advanced/Accelerated level on Ohio's State Assessments.
Value Added - All students will achieve a minimum of one year’s growth on MAP and/or Ohio State Assessments
Closing the Achievement Gap - Students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged
Implement Reading and Writing Workshop Across the Curriculum
Continued emphasis on Technology Integration
Jonathan Alder is proud to provide taxpayers a quality return on their investment. By controlling costs, resource management and increasing efficiency, the district is able to provide a low-cost, high-value education.
Stewardship & Fiscal Responsibility
Development of a five year building and grounds maintenance plan for operational efficiencies and improvements and technology infrastructure
Refinanced bond debt to save taxpayers more than $2.5 million over 15 years
Received $50,000 in Grants & Donations for the 2018 Fiscal Year. Including a $5000 Nestle mini-grant donation to PCES for Nutrition & Health
Memorial Health Athletic Agreement - this is the 5th year partnering with Memorial Health. They provide a full-time Athletic Trainer and $20,000 annually for improving our athletic facilities and equipment.
$20,000 of grant funding over the past two years earmarked for the implementation of High Schools That Work- a nationally recognized school improvement initiative bringing teacher professional development, training, resources and materials to JAHS.
Auditor of State Award 5 years running. Since 2013 The Ohio Auditor of State, Dave Yost, has presented the district the Ohio Auditor of State Award for exemplary financial reporting.
$9,793.00 JA Avg. $ spent per pupil which is $1,800.00 less than the State Average
District Cash Reserve Guideline-"In efforts to preserve and strengthen the district's financial stability while demonstrating solid financial planning, stewardship and alignment to our student' needs the district maintains a two (2) month Cash Operating Reserve Balance".
Generating revenue through alternative sources of funds, grants and donations
Communication, Stewardship and Accountability
Convene a Strategic Planning Committee focused on
current and projected student enrollment
building capacity and future needs
proposed development in and around the district
Goals & aREAS OF fOCUS
Average Cost Per Pupil
JALSD vs. County & State Averages
Per ODE & FY 2017 Cupp Report
“Clean and accurate record-keeping are
the foundation for good government, and
the (Jonathan Alder) taxpayers can take pride
in your commitment to accountability.”
Letter from State Auditor, Dave Yost
General Property Tax
Utility Personal Property Tax
State Basic Aid
Property Tax Allocation
General Fund Expenditures
Fiscal Year 2018
*Graphs round figures from the tables below to the nearest percent
General Fund Revenue
Salaries & Wages
Retirement & Benefits
Supplies & Materials
The Jonathan Alder Community Support Coalition (JA CSC) - was established in 2015 to further support our students and create continuing conversations with JA community partners and stakeholders. The JA CSC is an 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 put broad-based supports in place for students and their families.
The Jonathan Alder Education Foundation (JAEF) - a non-profit, volunteer run, local organization that was established in 1991 and funds scholarships and projects for our students with donated dollars. As a partner of the District but separate, the JAEF provides a way for people of the community, alumni and friends to give to the schools.
The DNA Community Center (Daily Needs Assistance) - is a non-profit, faith-based organization located at the 340 W. Main St. property (the former Plain City Elementary School) and provides many programs and opportunities for students and families, including:
LIFT Learning Center - open on school days from 3:00-5:00 for 5th-8th graders to meet and expand learning opportunities
LIFT Mentoring - matches students with an adult who wants to develop a positive, supportive relationship
Summer Lunch Program & Camp - a four week program for children in grades K-6
Monthly Community Meals
"Start Strong" - Back-to-School supplies giveaway
Partnerships with our local first responders - We are grateful for our partnerships with the Plain City Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Sheriff's Office, Pleasant Valley Joint Fire Department, State Highway Patrol, and Madison County Emergency Management Agency. They provide ongoing trainings about school safety, threat assessments, active shooter and enhanced lock downs, internet safety, and drug and alcohol awareness for our students, faculty and staff.
Union County & Dublin Latchkey Programs - continue to serve our students and their families at Plain City and Monroe Elementary Schools.
Hope’s Lantern & Sufficient Grace Supplemental Food Program - In 2017-2018,136 students received supplemental food every week from one of the non-profits. Hope's Lantern provides for all buildings except for Monroe which is provided by Sufficient Grace.
Cafe Donations - 143 anonymous donations were placed into students lunch accounts in the 2017-18 SY
The United Way of Union County - gives back to families in our district and specifically our children through The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which provides a book monthly to each enrolled child, and the past two years through funds contributed to the DNA for the summer program. In 2017, the JA Staff raised $1,691 in the annual United Way Campaign.
Outstanding Parent, Music, and Athletic Booster groups - volunteer countless hours and raise thousands of dollars in support of our students and programming.
Giving Days (MES) - Last school year, Monroe Elementary began a tradition they would like to continue of dedicating two days to service activities for local organizations and for service members. Students participated in a number of activities to give back to the community including making place mats, holiday cards, blankets, and treats for animal shelters.
Two (2) way communication
Strengthening Community Partnerships
Jonathan Alder maximizes its relationships within the community by enhancing collaboration, credibility and trust. These partnerships are vital to the success of our students and the district.
gOALS AND aREAS OF fOCUS
At Jonathan Alder, we believe that student engagement outside of the classroom has a positive impact on academic performance and the overall success of our students.
We work to enhance the Alder Experience through learning, leading and relationships.
Safety & Well-Being, Connection, Creativity
Access to Mental Health Supports & Services - Our school counselors, psychologist, and student support specialist work very hard and collaborate with a broad network of individuals, agencies and community representatives to bring an ever increased awareness and level of mental health support to JA students, staff , family members and community care givers.
In 2017 JA established a new partnership with The Counseling Source, Inc. which is providing additional school based mental health assessments and ongoing counseling.
This year will be the fourth year partnering with the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. They help implement the Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program which provides screenings and education for all 6th, 8th and 10th graders.
Signs of Suicide Training for the Plain City Area Coaches
Digital Abuse and Internet Safety Parent Workshop
Youth Led Prevention Group attended the We are the Majority Rally and the Youth to Youth International Camp
For the 2018-19 school year, the addition of a School Counselor will give us full-time counselors at both CMS & PCES. And also a full-time Dean of Students at PCES will further support our emphasis on the social and emotional well-being of our students.
School Safety Plans - Our school safety and floor plans are on file with the Ohio Attorney General’s office and with our local first responders. Our building principals, teachers and staff work closely with local law enforcement and safety officials to develop action plans for dealing with building-level security concerns that incorporate “best practices” in school safety.
Strategically planned prevention programs are in place for students throughout their JA career, including: Identity Day, Kindness Day, Bully-Proofing Youth, Signs of Suicide, Say Something, and Stick Together.
In 2018-2019 the district is implementing ROX (Ruling Our eXperiences) in 2018-2019 as an extra curricular opportunity for female students in grades 5-12.
Students in grades 7-12 have access to 14 athletic programs (including the addition of Lacrosse for the 2017 season)
86% of students grades 7-12 participate in at least one co and/or extra-curricular activity
Central Buckeye Conference All Sports Award - Jonathan Alder HS won the CBC All Sports Trophy the first year in the conference
Thriving choral, instrumental, and performing arts groups with growing numbers participating across the district.
Collaboration with 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 et al.
Goals and Areas of Focus
Shared leadership, collaboration, creativity and innovation
Safety & Well Being - promote tolerance, respect, dignity and a sense of belonging for all students.
Expose our students to a variety of learning opportunities to increase student engagement and connectedness.
Develop and maintain extracurricular options that increase or maintain student participation.
Jonathan Alder Local School District
9200 US Route 42 S Plain City, OH 43064