I would like to welcome the members of our community to the 2012-13 school year.

I would like to welcome the members of our community to the 2012-13 school year.

We are excited to welcome students back for the first day of classes on Aug. 27.

Our administrators, teachers, and support staff have been hard at work preparing the facilities and lesson plans for what promises to be another exciting year in Dublin City Schools.

It has been a busy and challenging summer as we continue to repair the damage to Sells Middle School and Indian Run Elementary School caused by the storm June 29.

The roof repairs to Sells and Indian Run will be completed for the first day of classes.

The Sells gymnasium floor sustained significant damage in the storm. The gym floor repair should be completed by late September with bleacher re-installation done by mid-November.

Sells staff members have developed creative ways to conduct physical education classes while these repairs are taking place.

BELL SCHEDULES

Our bell schedules have been modified this year in an effort to end the elementary school day earlier, while maintaining later start times for high school and middle school students.

Thanks to the efforts of our transportation department, we have been able to compress bus routes and increase busing efficiencies to accomplish these goals.

Our high school buses will have a higher percentage of occupied seats in the mornings than they have had historically, and will improve fuel efficiency by making fewer stops.

In 2012-13, the school day will run as follows:

* Elementary schools -- 9:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

* AM kindergarten -- 9:10 to 11:40 a.m.

* PM kindergarten -- 1:10 to 3:40 p.m.

* ELI program -- 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.

* AM preschool -- 8:45 to 11:15 a.m.

* PM preschool -- 12:45 to 3:15 p.m.

* Middle schools -- 8:28 a.m. to 3:08 p.m.

* High schools -- 7:55 a.m. to 2:42 p.m.

DISTRICT CALENDAR/CALAMITY DAYS

The district's 2012-13 calendar and upcoming back to school dates at your building are available on the district's web site, www.dublinschools.net.

The district has five calamity days this year, meaning we may miss up to five days of school due to inclement weather without having to make those days up at the end of the school year.

If we do miss six or more days, the make-up days are built into the end of the school year in June.

We will again be utilizing our automated calling system to contact parents in case of school delays and closures or in any cases of building-wide emergencies.

All parents begin the school year in the system. If you wish to add additional phone numbers to your account, call 1-800-846-4976 and follow the prompts to receive your account information including your PIN number.

This call must be made from your primary number the district has on file.

Once you have received your PIN number, then you can access the system online at www.prek12 notification.com to manage your account.

INFORMATION SOURCES

The district's web site continues to be a vital source of information for the community.

There you can find the latest district news, our Twitter feed, the latest edition of our television show, Dublin City Schools Today, and all of the day-to-day information you need to stay connected.

I would encourage you to subscribe to the district's free email news updates by visiting our web site.

Parents and community members can receive email news updates from the district, individual school buildings, middle school teams and select departments via this service.

The district's online Parent Portal is a valuable resource to parents and serves as a one-stop online center for school information parents need on a daily basis.

On the district's home page, click on the Parent Portal button on the left side of the page, log in with your ProgressBook credentials, and you will be able to manage and access several online features from one screen.

These include the online meal payment system, FormShare, email news subscriptions, bus routes, phone notification system management, and your school building's news and calendar.

New this year, the city of Dublin and the Dublin City School District will be combining community education and recreation programming efforts beginning this winter, resulting in a cost savings for both entities.

Through a shared services approach, both parties will be able to maximize the use of existing resources, reduce costs, eliminate service duplication and deliver a number of new experiences to the community.

If you have questions about any of the above information, or about anything pertaining to Dublin City Schools, please call our Office of Public Information at 764-5913; or send email to: info@dublin schools.net.

Dublin City School District Superintendent David Axner submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column to the Thisweek Dublin Villager.