It's an exciting time to be a Grandview Heights Schools Bobcat!

Voters approved Issue 6 on the Nov. 6 ballot. The issue was a combined 1-mill operating levy and an additional 5.84 mills bond issue.

Operating funds from the issue will be used to cover the day-to-day expenses of the district, such as teachers' salaries, utilities and supplies. The bonds will generate $55.25 million to fund safety and security upgrades to all school buildings, build a new school for grades 4-8, and comprehensively renovate Grandview Heights High School.

We are grateful to the voters of this community for their support, and to the hundreds of volunteers who helped make this possible.

We look forward to working with the community on developing the plans for the new and upgraded facilities. When we began this process three years ago, we were adamant that the community be a guiding force in the facilities plan. Your input and feedback will play an important role as we start the design process and we hope you will continue to "join the conversation."

We also have a lot to celebrate when it comes to academics. This month, all residents will receive in their mailboxes a copy of our first District Quality Profile Report. This report provides a transparent look into what goes into a Grandview Heights Schools education, what makes us unique and data that shows where we are progressing in areas in which we need to improve. It reflects the ongoing work of our continuous improvement plan and the goals we have established to ensure we are meeting our mission to maximize and personalize every student's learning.

It is a true honor and privilege to serve as your superintendent. We have a lot of work ahead us and I look forward to working with each and every one of you as we build the future together.

Andy Culp is superintendent of Grandview Heights Schools.