PCS welcomes Lyons to new post


PHS principal named assistant superintendent

By Belinda M. Paschal - [email protected]



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Lyons


PCS receives financial excellence award

In the district’s first time submitting for the award, Piqua City Schools has been honored by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International with the Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Financial Reporting Award, confirming the district’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency.

Piqua City Schools’ work in the fiscal year ending 2015 was recognized to have met or exceeded ASBO International’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability.

“Piqua City Schools operates in a fiscally responsible manner,” Treasurer Jeremie Hittle said. “Handling our finances in a transparent way that is efficient while still providing an excellent quality education for our students is of utmost importance to us. This award is further recognition of that commitment.”

ASBO said in their statement about the COE award “Piqua City Schools is to be complimented for its efforts. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is of high quality.”

Other recent evidence of Piqua City Schools’ strong financial management practices includes the district’s long-term credit rating by Standard & Poor’s being raised from A+ to AA-, recently finishing its ninth consecutive year in the black, and winning the Auditor of State Award from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost earlier this year.

The Auditor of State Award recognizes local governments and school districts that are given a “clean” audit at the completion of a financial audit. Included in the criteria for winning the award are filing a timely report, having a report without significant deficiencies and no other financial concerns, among others.

“The community demands accountability when it comes to being fiscally responsible,” Hittle said. “And that is as it should be. We are extremely proud of our ability to provide a great education for our students while also maintaining a lean budget.”

— Staff reports

PIQUA – In his first major move as the new superintendent of Piqua City Schools, Dwayne Thompson recommended Piqua High School principal Tony Lyons for the position of assistant superintendent during the district’s board of education meeting on Wednesday.

The board unanimously approved Lyons for a three-year contract, effective for the 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

“Excited is how I would describe this opportunity for me,” said Lyons, a 1991 graduate of Piqua High School and 1995 graduate of the University of Dayton. “It’s an exciting time for Piqua City Schools and I’m excited to be part of it in this role. There’s nothing but the sky above us now.”

Like Thompson, Lyons grew up in Piqua and attended the city’s schools, and has a long history of working in the district, having served as a vice principal and principal since 2006.

“Mr. Lyons compliments my background in education in many ways,” Thompson said prior to the meeting. “My background is elementary and his is secondary. Our educational experiences together make us a good team to address needs in our district K-12.

“Additionally, I have already had the opportunity to work with Mr. Lyons when I lead K-12 curriculum initiatives in our district. Also important to me, was the fact that he, too, has a rich history in our community and school district.”

Lyons’ successor at Piqua High School will be Rob Messick, who previously was assistant principal at PHS and a director of curriculum prior to that. “This has been a great opportunity given to me,” Messick said of the board appointing him to his new post.

He went on to praise his mentors in the district who prepared him for the job. “This is my dream. We will definitely make some great strides at Piqua High School,” said Messick, who recently celebrated his 22nd year with the district.

The board also took a few moments to welcome Thompson, who first was appointed assistant superintendent earlier this year before filling the seat vacated last month by district superintendent Rick Hanes.

“We’re very pleased to have him step up and take over that position,” said board member Andy Hite.

In addition, the board approved a three-year contract for Darrell Hite as assistant principal at Piqua High School, a position he previously held for 11 years.

In other news, business coordinator and building project manager Curt South reported that the track renovation project at the high school is about two weeks behind schedule, moving the projected completion date to Aug. 15. However, South said, the delay should not prevent athletic team practices, band camp, and an Aug. 12 scrimmage from taking place.

The brief meeting culminated in the board going into executive session. The next board of education meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 25, at Piqua Central Intermediate School.

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PHS principal named assistant superintendent

By Belinda M. Paschal

[email protected]

PCS receives financial excellence award

In the district’s first time submitting for the award, Piqua City Schools has been honored by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International with the Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Financial Reporting Award, confirming the district’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency.

Piqua City Schools’ work in the fiscal year ending 2015 was recognized to have met or exceeded ASBO International’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability.

“Piqua City Schools operates in a fiscally responsible manner,” Treasurer Jeremie Hittle said. “Handling our finances in a transparent way that is efficient while still providing an excellent quality education for our students is of utmost importance to us. This award is further recognition of that commitment.”

ASBO said in their statement about the COE award “Piqua City Schools is to be complimented for its efforts. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is of high quality.”

Other recent evidence of Piqua City Schools’ strong financial management practices includes the district’s long-term credit rating by Standard & Poor’s being raised from A+ to AA-, recently finishing its ninth consecutive year in the black, and winning the Auditor of State Award from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost earlier this year.

The Auditor of State Award recognizes local governments and school districts that are given a “clean” audit at the completion of a financial audit. Included in the criteria for winning the award are filing a timely report, having a report without significant deficiencies and no other financial concerns, among others.

“The community demands accountability when it comes to being fiscally responsible,” Hittle said. “And that is as it should be. We are extremely proud of our ability to provide a great education for our students while also maintaining a lean budget.”

— Staff reports

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341

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