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Anthony Wayne Local School District News Article

January Letter to Stakeholders

January 3, 2024

Happy New Year, AW Families!

Welcome to a new year filled with new opportunities for our students to learn and grow. I hope you had an enjoyable winter break and look forward to getting back into the routine of school and its related activities. 

Every year has its challenges and District finances are one of the major areas of focus as we look ahead to 2024 and beyond. This month, the Board of Education and District administrators will be working closely to develop a plan for balancing the District’s budget. As you will see in the information below, a part of that plan includes a proposed operational levy for March 2024. 

Please take a few moments to learn more about the financial challenges facing AWLS, the financial plan required by the state and the proposed levy. As always, we are just a phone call or email away from answering your questions. 

2024 will also bring us many, many opportunities to celebrate. We are fortunate to have outstanding staff members committed to educating students, engaged families who take an active role in their children’s learning and development, and a supportive community that promotes a culture of excellence. This positive collaboration helps to ensure that our students are empowered to be future ready.

I couldn’t be more excited to see what we accomplish this year!


Dr. Jim Fritz, Superintendent
Anthony Wayne Local Schools

REQUIRED: Financial Plan for AWLS

The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce (ODEW) is requiring Anthony Wayne Local Schools to develop and submit a financial plan to resolve the budget deficit forecasted for fiscal years 2025 and 2026. This plan must be board approved and submitted to ODEW by January 31, 2024. 

  • This plan can include an “Option A” which outlines how the District plans to increase revenue. At this time, the District has passed Resolutions of Necessity and a Resolution to Proceed for placing a five-year, 2.42 mill Operational Levy on the March 19, 2024 ballot. More information is below.

  • The plan is required to have an “Option B” which must outline how the District plans to reduce expenditures by $746,178 in FY25 and $3,670,786 in FY26. 

PROPOSED: March 2024 Operational Levy

In an effort to increase revenue for the District and balance the budget, last month the Board of Education voted to place a five-year, 2.42 mill Operational Levy on the March 19, 2024 ballot. If passed, the levy would generate approximately $3.3 million to fund day-to-day operations and existing educational services for students. 

This is NOT the same levy that was on the ballot in November. Please refer to the District website for further details: Questions may be directed to [email protected] 

APPROVED: 2024-25 and 2025-26 District Calendars

The Board of Education has approved the District calendars for the next two school years. You can find these calendars on the District website at

  • Following a suggestion from an AW parent, the 2023-24 District calendar has been added to our mobile app. It appears in a list view format for easier reading on a mobile device.

  • Instructions for accessing the app are online:

RELATED: Spring Testing Calendar

While some absences cannot be avoided, please make every effort to avoid scheduling appointments and vacations during the spring Ohio State Testing days in April. These dates can be found on the testing calendar at this link:  

IMPORTANT: Keep Your Contact Information Up to Date

This is a good time to check your child’s FinalForms account to be sure that your contact information is current. Please be sure your phone number, email address and emergency contact information is correct. We want to be able to reach you in the event of an emergency or if your child becomes ill while at school.

UPDATE: Free Computer Assistance Day

The AWLS Technology Team is hosting a free computing device diagnosis and troubleshooting workshop as a part of the District’s Fifty for 50 community service campaign. AW District residents can bring their device to the Central Administrative Office from 9:00 a.m. - Noon on Saturday, Jan. 20. Registration is required, and space is limited. Call 419-877-5377 to schedule an appointment.

January Events

Please refer to the District Events Calendar for a full list of events.

Thursday, Jan. 4

AWLS Board of Education Organizational Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 11

End of 2nd Quarter

Friday, Jan. 12

No School: Teacher Work Day

Monday, Jan. 15

District Closed: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

December Highlights & Headlines

AWLS Video: Waterville Primary launches Generals Print Shop

AWLS Video: Hour of Code encourages students to explore the science of technology

AWLS Video: Waterville kindergarten students visit Generals Gift Shop

AWLS Video: AWHS students learn CPR

AWLS Video: AWJH hosts 2023 Spelling Bee

AWLS Video: AWJH Students explore yoga with guest instructor

AWLS Video: Anthony Wayne Junior High announces new facility dog to join staff

AWLS Video: AWJH choir goes caroling through the classrooms before winter break

AWLS Video: Monclova students walk the red carpet to model persuasive writing projects

AWLS News: School Safety Alert Notification 

AWLS News: Threat Follow-Up: All Clear

AWLS News: Threat Follow-Up: Situation Update

AWLS News: Financial Update: Operational Levy Proposed

AWLS News: Two AW football players sign to compete at college level

13abc:  Recount set in Anthony Wayne Board of Education race

13abc: AWHS student teaches adaptive dance class

13abc: Threats targeting schools across Ohio deemed non-credible, districts say

13abc: April 8, 2024: School cancellation for the total solar eclipse

BCSN: Pike sisters from AW named Shawn’s Irish Tavern Players of the Week

BCSN: Central Catholic claims first win over Anthony Wayne

BCSN: Player of the Week: Griffin Pike

BCSN: Anthony Wayne remains undefeated against Whitmer

BCSN: BG hockey scores four goals in the 2nd as Bobcats skate past Anthony Wayne

The Blade: 2023 fall all-league teams: Boys and girls golf

The Blade: Bomb threat emails sent to Ohio schools were hoaxes, FBI and others say

The Blade: McKnight gains Anthony Wayne School Board seat following recount

The Blade: Photo Gallery: Anthony Wayne vs. Whitmer girls basketball 

The Blade: Senior student, Peyton Tully behind-the-scenes star for Anthony Wayne Athletics

The Blade: 2023 in review: Anthony Wayne-Springfield softball showdowns are games of the year

The Blade: High school girls basketball: Bender hits 1,000 in Anthony Wayne win

The Blade: Tax break proposal for seniors deserves attention, Perrysburg Schools district treasurer says

The Bryan Times: Anthony Wayne sweeps Napoleon swim and dive

The Mirror: AW schools seek more input in district wide survey

The Mirror: Waterville students groove to Hour of Code activities

The Mirror: Two Generals commit to play football for BGSU

The Mirror: AW board members depart with nearly 23 years of experience

The Mirror: AW community filled with kind people

WTOL: Big Board Friday Basketball Week 1: Anthony Wayne vs. Fremont Ross

WTOL: Twinning culture: Anthony Wayne girls basketball team boasts four sets of twins

WTOL: Big Board Friday Basketball Week 3: Anthony Wayne vs. Whitmer

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