Welcome parents, students, staff and community members to the 2009-10 school year.

Welcome parents, students, staff and community members to the 2009-10 school year.

It's been a busy and highly successful summer in our district.

Let me start by first expressing my appreciation to everyone in our district for providing us with the support needed to run one of Ohio's premier school districts.

Dublin City Schools has earned Ohio's highest rating on the local report card for the sixth consecutive year. The district has been rated excellent with distinction, met 30 of 30 state indicators, met adequate yearly progress and earned a performance index score of 105. The value added composite calculation was: above.

I cannot say enough about the dedication of our highly qualified teaching staff and the support our students receive at home.

As many of you visit our buildings this fall, you'll undoubtedly notice our entrance reconfiguration projects have been successfully completed. All visitors to our schools during school hours must enter the building through the school office. This will prevent any unauthorized access to our facilities while school is in session. The entrance reconfiguration projects were part of the bond issue approved by our community in November.

More than 340 renovation or construction projects took place during the summer, and 108 of those projects related to student safety and security.

The redesign of the district's Web site was another involved summer project. The new site features an improved design, modernized navigation, RSS feeds and more. Various features and pages will be added to the site as we move through the school year.

Please visit us online at www.dublinschools.net when you have an opportunity.

I also encourage you to subscribe to the district's free e-mail news updates. Parents and community members can receive e-mail news updates from the district, individual school buildings, middle school teams and select departments via this service. Just visit our Web site to subscribe. Please note that if you subscribed last year, you do not need to re-subscribe.

One other important change for parents to be aware of is that we will not be having any scheduled two-hour late start days this year.

The Ohio Department of Education has granted Dublin City Schools' request for two waiver days for professional development for staff during the 2009-10 school year. These days are Sept. 25 and Feb. 12. There will be no school for students those two days. We believe this allows us to deliver quality professional development for our staff, while simplifying the schedules of our parents and students.

Several administrators have taken on different assignments this year and I'm proud to say our two newest principals are both products of Dublin City Schools.

Jenny Davis at Thomas and Janet Rinefierd at Indian Run have both moved into administration from our teaching ranks.

We have hired 19 Dublin City Schools' graduates this year. It is gratifying we have students interested in the education profession and I am glad they are able to return to their home district to pursue their careers. District-wide, more than 125 of our teachers are Dublin City Schools' grads.

In closing, I would like to extend a personal invitation to the senior citizens of our district. In September, we will begin our Senior Council meetings. These meetings with local senior citizens take place about four times per year. These luncheon meetings provide valuable two-way communication between the district and our senior citizens. I would invite any senior citizen living within our district boundaries to join our group. Please call 760-4362 for more.

If you have any 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 e-mail info.@ dublinschools.net.

David Axner is superintendent of Dublin City Schools.