One district assistant superintendent gave a preliminary analysis of the Ohio Department of Education's report card designation for South-Western City Schools last Monday during a district board of education work session.

One district assistant superintendent gave a preliminary analysis of the Ohio Department of Education's report card designation for South-Western City Schools last Monday during a district board of education work session.

Lois Rapp gave the report on the district's results before they were released the next morning.

According to its state report card, the district received a continuous improvement rating again this year, mainly because it did not meet the adequate yearly progress requirements.

The six designations are excellent with distinction, excellent, effective, continuous improvement, academic watch and academic emergency.

This year's report card included a preliminary rating designating the district as excellent. The rating fell to continuous improvement because of the annual yearly progress requirement.

Had the district met adequate yearly progress, a new feature this year called value-added measure could have kept the overall rating at excellent.

"Think of it as how much value we add to a student per year," Rapp said about the new measure.

Because the district did not meet adequate yearly progress, the value-added measure had no effect on the overall designation.

According to the new report card, SWCS had an overall composite score of "above expected growth" under the new value-added measure.

"For this year we saw a positive from the value-added measure," Rapp said Monday. "At the same point, we could see a negative impact from that growth value as well."

Superintendent Bill Wise said community members can expect a more in-depth report from district staff at a board of education meeting in September.

In another report to board members, assistant superintendent Phil Warner spoke about readiness of the school facilities for the start of the school year.

"We're hoping for a great year," Warner said. "I'm really impressed with the people who have worked over the summer to make the school the best we can."

Permanent improvement projects done over the summer include:

Concrete work at Grove City High School, Pleasant View Middle School and replacement of curbs damaged by snow plows

Fencing added or replaced at Norton Middle School, South-Western Career Academy and Franklin Heights High School

Roofing replaced or repaired at facilities across the district

Lighting upgrades to field lights at all four high school varsity football fields

Asphalt paving at the district's transportation compound, GCHS, Franklin Heights High School, Buckeye Woods Elementary School, Central Crossing High School and Westland High School

"Every project came in under budget," said coordinator of property services Mark Waller.

"We did great this year on working with contractors."