ECS presents news letter

By Kelsey Kimbler -

EATON — Superintendent Jeff Parker presented Eagle News — Eaton Community School’s first quarterly district newsletter — to the Board of Education during its meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.

The district plans to publish Eagle News on a quarterly basis via its website ( along with providing hard copies at each of the schools and various locations throughout the community. The newsletter is produced in-house thanks to the talents of the secretaries, teachers, and administrators in the district.

“[This] is highlighting things going on in the district. We feel like there are a lot of good things going on with our teachers, staff, and especially students. We’re trying to get good news out,” Parker said. “Our plan is quarterly. I think we’re looking at April, June, and then September. Going into next year, we might even it out a little bit.”

The Winter 2020 Eagle News shares the following updates and stories:

•Bruce Elementary received the Momentum Award from the Ohio State Board of Education for the third time in a row. This award is presented to schools that exceed expectations in student growth, and must earn an “A” on all applicable value-added measures on the Ohio School Report Card.

•Eaton Middle School Spirit Society was hard at work throughout the semester to promote school spirit and pride in the community. The Spirit Society is comprised on 16 students in grades sixth through eighth and is led by Mrs. Schamel. During the first semester, the group has planned pep rallies, decorated hallways and lockers, held a dance where all proceeds went to support the HIT Foundation’s food pantry, and participated in drug-free pride during Red Ribbon Week. Most recently, the Spirit Society held a food drive to donate to the HIT Foundation for the cold weather months.

•Six students from Bruce Elementary and Eaton Middle School have banded together to form a team to compete in the first LEGO League International competition (not a school-sponsored activity). The team, The Awesome TechKnowLogics, placed in the top four at their competition and competed in the regional competition.

•Students and staff at Bruce Elementary celebrated their 17th annual Holiday Feast on Dec. 18. Students arrived at school dressed in formal attire for the occasion. Bruce Elementary staff partnered with the Preble County Rotary Club to provide ties for the boys to wear during the event. Several Rotary members, and other volunteers, assisted students with the ties.

Eagle News shares additional stories, pictures, art work, and valuable information for community members. It includes a personal message from Superintendent Parker.

In other business, board member Terry Parks gave his monthly Miami Valley Career Technology Center Report.

“I believe some of the basic structure of the new building have been started. Getting started, it’s not supposed to be completed until September of 2023, but hopefully it is completed before that. I will give you an update next meeting, when I know a little bit more,” he said.

The board approved:

•The 2020-2021 Registration Booklet for Eaton High School. The booklet is on file at the high school and the Central Office.

•An agreement with Butler Behavioral Health Services to provide group services for students, beginning Jan. 27, 2020 through June 30, 2020.

•Payment rates for Sinclair Community College to provide college level courses to students under Ohio’s College Credit Plus program for the 2020-2021 school year.

•An agreement with Focus 3, LLC to provide culture and climate training for staff.

•An agreement with BC Technologies Company, DBA FinalForms, to provide online form and registration services.

•Acceptance of a bid from Beau Townsend Ford to purchase a 2020 F-350 SD Regular Cab DRW XL Truck, with plow and accessories, to be used by the maintenance department, at a cost of $67,738.50.

•The inclusion of the East Elementary Parent Teacher Organization on the district’s insurance policy, retroactive to Jan. 24, 2020.

The next regular Eaton Community Schools Board of Education regular meeting will be held on Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m. in Hollingsworth East Elementary.

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH