By Chad Hilliker, Loveland City School District superintendent
Education is an amazing cycle that renews itself each year. Each year we have the opportunity to start with a fresh set of eyes, focused on helping our students grow both academically and socially. We have a chance to make subtle changes that will help us operate more efficiently and effectively. The amazing part is this cycle has been happening since the mid-1800’s in Loveland. We should celebrate our past, enjoy the present, and make decisions for our future.
During the past year as superintendent I have met many people who had a hand in helping Loveland to continually progress as an excellent school district. I have had conversations with former superintendents about their experience and dedication to improve the quality of education for our community. I have met retired teachers who not only loved Loveland, but loved the children they worked with each day. The people I have talked with helped shape a culture that focused on the entire child, one where students were at the center of decisions that were made. These decisions helped to make Loveland what it is today.
One of those teachers, Mrs. Kathryn Undercoffer, has even shared with our staff what teaching in Loveland meant to her and what it means to truly be an educator. She had the opportunity to come speak to our entire Loveland staff on opening day. Kathryn retired from Loveland in 1980, but she still organizes luncheons for our retired teachers each month. She is one of many retired teachers who still understands the importance of a quality education for our students. She reminded us that we need to work together to make sure that we do the best for our students each day.
Today Loveland City School District is one of the best districts in the state. We can be proud of the accomplishments of our students, but not only in the classroom. We are amazed at their accomplishments in our community, on the playing field, or on the stage. These accomplishments are a by-product of the support our community gives our school as well as those who work in our district each day. Our bus drivers, custodians, teachers, secretaries, food service workers, instructional aides, and all our staff take pride in being a Tiger!
The future of Loveland City School District is bright! The opportunity we have to continue to look for new ways to help students achieve success is exciting. Each year we strive to improve the quality of all programs at Loveland. This year will be no exception.
Dedicated to the future of our students,