This is a great time to be in Upper Arlington and to be a Golden Bear, and that was evident Nov. 14 for our State of the Schools.

The families and community members in attendance were treated to an amazing evening of performances and exhibits from our students and staff.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this wonderful event.

If you were unable to attend, go to to find videos from the evening -- including a recording of the full presentation highlighting our new strategic plan.

Arkin award

I'd like to highlight one specific moment from State of the Schools -- the presentation of the 2019 Dr. Robert Arkin Service and Leadership Award.

If you've lived in Upper Arlington for a while, you remember Dr. Arkin, who served on the board of education for 12 years. He was a champion for ensuring all Upper Arlington students benefited from a well-rounded education of the highest quality.

The board of education gives the award annually to Upper Arlington community members who exemplify service and leadership in the schools.

This year, the board honored the late Joanie Dugger and the late Robin Comfort, and we were pleased to have their families join us for the award presentation.

A longtime school volunteer and executive director of the Upper Arlington Education Foundation and the Upper Arlington Alumni Association, Joanie was a key force in the expansion of the education foundation's grant program, the creation of the Golden Bear Bash and the annual UAHS Alumni Open House. Joanie wasn't one to take credit for any of these things -- she always enjoyed stepping out of the spotlight and letting others have a moment to shine.

Robin also was a longtime school volunteer who served for 12 years on the board of education, part of that time alongside Arkin.

She was a driving force behind the district's belief that All Means All, ensuring all students and staff feel welcomed, valued and loved within the schools.

She also was key in the facilities master planning process, providing the leadership along with her board of education colleagues that brought thousands of community voices into the process.

She was tireless, energetic and relentlessly positive in her work with our schools and throughout the Upper Arlington community.

We are forever in debt for Joanie's and Robin's incredible contributions to our schools.

Legacy Campaign

The Board of Education and the Legacy Steering Committee would like to thank the many generous donors who have supported the Legacy Campaign.

Over the past month, the Legacy Campaign wrapped up a successful gift-matching campaign that raised $600,000.

Since the beginning of the year, more than $6.4 million in donations have been made, ranging from $25 to $1 million. Our goal is to raise $7.5 million to complete and enhance the scope of the projects in the Upper Arlington Schools facilities master plan.

To learn more about being part of the campaign, go to

Paul Imhoff is superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools. His office provides this column to ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.