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Get the Facts

Anthony Wayne Local Schools is committed to transparency and strives to share factual information with our community in a timely manner.

This page is intended to be a resource to provide factual information to our community. Thank you for taking the time to Get the Facts. If you have questions about something you have heard about the District, or need more information about one of the items below, you are welcome and encouraged to contact us

Financial Recovery Plan

Where can I find information about the District's Financial Recovery Plan?

The Anthony Wayne Local Schools Board of Education approved a Financial Recovery Plan for the District at its January 29, 2024 meeting. Information about the plan, including answers to frequently asked questions can be found on by clicking here.

American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Grant Funds

How much money has AWLS received in ARP ESSER Funds?

From June 2020 through September 2023, the District has been awarded $4,869,344.22 in ESSER funds. 

There were several different ESSER grants made available for limited use by Local Education Agencies (LEA) to allow for the safe reopening and operation of schools, and address learning loss as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The use of these grant funds was determined by federal guidelines.

To date, how much money has AWLS spent from the total ESSER grant funds? How was it spent?

As of September 30, 2023, the District has spent $3,890,174.54 of the awarded ESSER funding. The District plans to spend the remaining available allocated ESSER grant funds by the end of this fiscal year (June 30, 2024). 

Did the District spend ESSER grant funds on an HVAC project?

No. The District initially planned to spend $1 million toward an HVAC project after receiving the initial notice of the allocation of ESSER grant funds. But it was later determined that students needed additional intervention services to support their learning and development. The grant funds were instead used to provide these academic services.

The District has bid out the project and is moving forward with the HVAC improvements, with a projected completion date of summer 2024. This $1 million project will be paid for with the District's permanent improvements fund.

Bullying & Harassment

What does AWLS do about bullying and harassing behaviors from students?

With more than 4,000 students in our schools, we know there are times they can be cruel towards each other, but we are committed to providing a safe and positive environment for student learning in each school building. 

Each member of our staff works hard to maintain a positive climate and culture as a preventative measure. We spend a great deal of time monitoring, modeling and teaching good behavior, and students are expected to behave appropriately and show respect toward themselves and others. 

When situations arise, we take all reports of hurtful and harmful behavior seriously and work to identify the source(s) of the conflict, harassment or bullying, and find an appropriate response and resolution to the issue.

You can find specific information about the District’s efforts to prevent and respond to bullying and harassment at

Critical Race Theory

What is Critical Race Theory (CRT)?

“Critical race theory is an intellectual movement and a framework of legal analysis according to which (1) race is a culturally invented category used to oppress people of color and (2) the law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, political, and economic inequalities between white and nonwhite people.” 

Source: Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopedia (2023, October 9). Critical race theory. Encyclopedia Britannica. 

Does Anthony Wayne Local Schools teach Critical Race Theory (CRT?)

No. Anthony Wayne Local Schools, like other districts across the state follows the Ohio Department of Education’s K-12 curriculum. CRT is not a part of the Ohio Department of Education’s curriculum and is not being taught in AWLS. 

Questions regarding curriculum should first be directed to the specific teacher or building administrator. If further questions arise, please contact the Director of Curriculum & Instruction.

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