On behalf of the Dublin City Schools Board of Education, our principals, our teaching staff and our support staff, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the 2018-19 school year that begins Wednesday, Aug. 15.

I would like to invite our entire community to celebrate the first day of school with us next week using #DCSday1 on Twitter. This hashtag has become a Dublin City Schools tradition because of your participation. Please share your back to school photos and thoughts with us using #DCSday1.

Again this year, you will hear and read about the "Dublin Difference." The Dublin Difference is more than a slogan or a hashtag. The Dublin Difference is a philosophy that guides the daily work done in our classrooms by our teachers, and our district by our support staff.

What is the Dublin Difference?

* The Dublin Difference is a well-rounded education that develops not only a child's mind, but also a child's heart.

* The Dublin Difference is the commitment by our faculty to deliver world-class instruction in order to ensure our students are college- and career-ready.

* The Dublin Difference is our commitment to continuous improvement.

I am firmly convinced Dublin City Schools is one of America's best school districts and that status is due to our supportive community, top level principals, expert teachers and dedicated support staff.

We have a lot going on here in our district as the school year begins.

Enrollment growth will continue to be a consistent theme for us again this school year, and we are seeking a solution at the ballot box this fall. On Nov. 6, voters will decide on a no new millage bond issue and permanent improvement levy, combined with a 5.9-mill operating levy to address our growth-related issues.

We have added about 2,400 students over the past 10 years, and we are expecting to add another 3,000 in the next 10 years. Two more elementary schools, a fifth middle school and additions to two high schools are needed to accommodate this growth. The November issue also provides funds for additional mental health experts to provide counseling and identify at-risk students, safety and security upgrades, technology upgrades at all schools and $95 million in infrastructure improvements to existing facilities. I encourage you to visit our web page at dublinschools.net/november6.aspx for more information.

We are very excited about the opening of our Emerald Campus. More than 1,000 students from all three of our high schools have enrolled and will be spending part of their school day at our career exploration academies. This type of program puts our district on the cutting edge of K-12 education in Ohio and in our country. We are committed to providing our students world class educational experiences delivered by one of the best teaching staffs in the country and the proper learning tools are essential. Our one-to-one technology initiative, which provides Chromebooks to sixth- and ninth-graders, is progressing into its second year. Bnext year, we will be "one to one" at the secondary level. Our focus on ensuring our students have access to the latest technology continues to sharpen and remains a very high priority.

I encourage you to stay connected this year by taking advantage of our many communication platforms. You can follow the district on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook and get all the latest school information at www.dublinschools.net.

As always, thank you so much for your support of our district. We look forward to seeing our students next week. Have a great 2018-19 school year!

Dublin City School District Superintendent Todd Hoadley submitted the From the Superintendent's Desk column.