Welcome to the 2013-14 school year. There are a lot of new faces this year in the Marietta City School District. This includes a new technology team, Smart Solutions, running our IT Department. I think you will find these individuals will further enrich our school district and contribute to making our schools quality places to learn.
Xiang Zhang is our new guest teacher from China. This will be the second year our students will have the opportunity to study Chinese. Along with students at Marietta High School, eighth graders will have the opportunity to earn high school credit by studying Chinese as a foreign language. We are pleased to be able to provide this addition to our curriculum.
Another important addition to the high school curriculum this year is the Career Exploration class to be taken by all sophomore students. This class will support our “college and career ready” initiative, and is an important part of our Building Bridges to Careers project.
The district will continue with the Ohio Improvement Process and Race To the Top. The administrative team members and teaching staff work diligently on these school improvement efforts to make our educational product the best it can be.
We are just completing a new addition to the building at Marietta High School on the Academy Drive side of the building. This will eventually allow all the vocational programs to be in the main academic building. Also, we enclosed the walkways between the main academic building and the auditorium-gymnasium building. Together these changes will allow the security system to operate as intended. We think this is an important step toward a more safe and secure school facility. Without the permanent improvement levy that the public renewed in 2012, these changes would not have been possible.
We believe in continuous improvement and will always strive to listen to your concerns and suggestions so that we can better meet the needs of our students, their families, and the community.
Dr. Harry Fleming Superintendent Marietta City Schools