Thomas L. Taylor, Superintendent

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Senior Citizens' Lunch

Wednesday, January 14

PH is once again inviting district residents age 60 and over to eat lunch in the high school cafeteria during the school year with the superintendent.  The next lunch of the school year will be Thursday, February 1st at noon.  The cost is $2.00 and includes a beverage.  Please come and bring a friend!

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January is school board member appreciation month. At Patrick Henry, our board members are performing their duties with an emphasis on what is best for the children they serve. I would like to recognize school board members Eric Bostelman, Mike Knueven, Kris Kryder, Konnie Meyer, new member Mark Feehan and former member Sara Dishong, for their dedication and commitment to our school district. Your service makes a positive difference in our school district!

Kindergarten clinic and preschool screenings are approaching. Anyone with a child that will be attending kindergarten, or considering attending kindergarten during the 2018-2019 school year, should stop in at the Patrick Henry Elementary office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. during February to pick up a registration packet. You will need to fill out the registration packet and return it to the elementary school. Once the registration packet is returned, you will be able to schedule a time for the kindergarten clinic, which will be held Wednesday, April 11th and Thursday, April 12th. The following information is needed:

1. Child’s immunization (shot) record.

2. Certified copy of the child’s birth certificate (the birth record from the hospital is not acceptable). You may obtain a copy from the health department in the county and state where the child was born.

3. Custody papers, if applicable

4. Copy of a physical completed after August 1, 2017, if available.

I want to remind residents that we started a new kindergarten opportunity this year that we call Early 5 Kindergarten. The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for the younger five-year-old students that are not quite ready for kindergarten to start school. The students would then attend the traditional kindergarten class the following year. To enable more students to participate in this Early 5 Kindergarten program, our district moved the date back to September 30th in which students must turn five to enter kindergarten. We encourage parents of all students that will be five years old by the deadline to participate in the kindergarten screening.

Preschool screening dates have been set for parents interested in having his or her child attend preschool next school year. The screenings will be March 12th at the Holgate United Methodist Church from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and on April 16th at Crossroads Church in Napoleon from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Anyone interested in having his or her child screened should call 1-567-444-4818 to schedule an appointment. Screenings are free for children three to five years old that live in Henry County. The screenings are designed to inform you how your child is developing when compared to his/her peers of the same age. Children are checked in the following areas: vision and hearing, speech and language skills, small and large muscle movement, personal-social emotional development, and problem solving abilities.

Feel free to share this preschool information with anyone in the community that has a child meeting the appropriate age range. Please remember that the preschool for students with disabilities housed at Patrick Henry is managed by the Northwest Ohio Educational Center and all screening questions need to be directed to the phone number provided above.

I would like to remind PH residents age 60 and over that this Thursday, February 1st, is the next lunch with the superintendent at noon in the high school cafeteria. The cost is $2.00 and includes a beverage. Please plan to attend and bring a friend!

If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-4853.

In this article I would like to discuss three areas of school revenue, namely Rover pipeline money, the district’s Emergency levy, and property tax revenue.  First let’s look at the Rover pipeline money, while local landowners have received payments for easement agreements, the school district has not received any money for the pipeline.  I have been told that the pipeline needs to be fully functional before a value will be assigned to it, and that a value probably won’t be assessed on the pipeline any earlier than 2019.  Since property taxes are paid a year behind, it would appear that no pipeline tax money would be paid to the school district until at least calendar year 2020.

Estimates are that our district could receive between $1.8 million and $3 million in tax revenue in the first year that Rover has to pay property taxes.  We have been forewarned that whatever dollar amount is paid in taxes in the first year will be the highest we ever receive, as the company will take measures to lower their future taxes paid.  In other counties, the pipeline tax revenues have dropped by as much as 50% after the first year of collections.

On the surface it looks like the district will have a very generous revenue stream from the pipeline.  So some individuals are questioning with the pipeline revenue coming in the future, why is the district trying to renew the Emergency Levy.  I would use a scenario that if you knew you were going to be inheriting money in the future, and you wanted to make a major purchase with that money, but there was uncertainty over the amount you might receive and when you would receive it, wouldn’t you wait to make your major purchase until you actually received the money and know the amount?  That is the similar scenario our district is faced with except it is about receiving property tax money.  We know we are going to get the pipeline money, but we don’t know for sure when or how much.  Therefore, we are not going to consider letting a tax levy expire until we really know what finances we will be receiving for the pipeline.

Our district is currently receiving $746,765 a year from an Emergency Levy that will expire at the end of 2018.  If the levy is not renewed and we don’t receive pipeline tax money until 2020, our district will have lost $1.1 million dollars in revenue, which is a year and a half of collections, before we receive any money from the pipeline taxes.  In addition, Henry County just went through a reappraisal.  The net results of the reappraisal have our school district’s assessed valuation (the value of the property in our school district) decreasing by $16 million dollars.  Due to this decrease in value, our district will lose $65,000 in property tax revenue starting in calendar year 2018.  Prior to receiving any tax money from the pipeline, our district would lose $97,500, which is a year and a half of collections.  If you add the lost revenue from not renewing the Emergency Levy with the lost revenue from our district’s reduction in value, our school district could lose a total of $1.2 million dollars in revenue prior to receiving any money from pipeline taxes.  The pipeline money could just be replacing revenue that our district has lost.

There will be more articles about the amount of pipeline tax revenue coming to Henry County once it gets closer to Rover having to pay taxes.  I would like the residents of the Patrick Henry School District to remember that when there are revenue numbers mentioned for Henry County, that the pipeline does go through areas that are not in our school district, so please don’t think that the Henry County pipeline revenue total is the amount of money that will be going to our school district.  Furthermore, even with the pipeline that does go through our district, there will be other entities getting pipeline revenue.  In addition to Patrick Henry receiving money, the following will also be getting money:  Monroe and Richfield Townships, Henry County, Henry County Health Department, Henry County Senior Center, Henry County Board of DD/Hope Services, Henry County South Joint Ambulance District, Four County ADAMhs Board and the Four County Career Center. 

The school board and administration have been good stewards of our tax money.  The last tax levy approved for operating expenses was the Emergency Levy in 2012.  This levy was needed to stabilize our district financially.  After receiving the money and becoming financially stable, our district let a 2.45 mill operating levy expire at the end of 2015.  It is rare that a school district lets an operating levy expire.  I would point to this action as proof that our school board will make a fiscally responsible decision for our school district residents about maintaining current levies once we know for sure the pipeline tax situation.

If you have questions about the potential pipeline revenue or our school district in general, feel free to contact me at 419-274-4853.


In today’s article, I will talk in layman’s terms about School Safety Plans. A state law went into effect in 2014 that mandated each school building in the state to develop a Safety Plan and submit it to the Ohio Department of Education and local emergency responders. After the initial plan is submitted, the plan is to be reviewed each year, and every three years the written plan must be resubmitted.

There are four components of the Safety Plan. There is the comprehensive plan that addresses a variety of hazards and threats and a protocol for responding to those situations. A second component is detailed floor plans of each floor of the school building. The third component is a site plan, which is an aerial view of the building and surrounding area that identifies the building and nearby roads. The final component is an Emergency Contact list, which provides phone numbers of administrators and key employees that police can contact during an emergency. This document also contains signatures of community law enforcement and safety officials that have received a copy of the Safety Plan.

The state provides a detailed template for building administrators to use to create a Safety Plan. We appreciate the valuable input and cooperation that we have received in the creation of our plans from the Henry County Emergency Management Director, the Henry County Emergency Planning Committee Director, the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, the Deshler Police Department, and all of the fire departments located in our school district.

Most people remember from their school days of having fire drills and tornado drills. The state has also added safety drills to the list of drills that schools must complete annually. In addition, the state requires schools to conduct three types of tests over a three-year period. The tests are a Tabletop Exercise, a Functional Exercise, and a Full Scale Exercise. The Tabletop Exercise is a discussion of a hypothetical situation amongst school personnel. The Functional Exercise is designed to practice a part of the safety plan such as a building evacuation or a lockdown. The Full Scale Exercise, as an example, could simulate an actual intruder with the staff and students having to react according to the circumstances they are confronted with. This exercise could also include first responders.

Our principals have been instrumental in promoting school safety. Our district has sent administrators to ALICE training, and the principals have arranged numerous professional development opportunities for our staff regarding school safety. Our principals have also collaborated with the Henry County Sheriff’s Department to test various components of our safety plan. Some simulations have been with staff only, but we have also practiced active intruder situations that have included students.

School safety even had an impact in our recent building project. The entrance to the high school was renovated to locate the office at the entrance of the building, and to force visitors to enter the building at the office. Now all three buildings have that same entrance pattern that we believe enhances the safety of our students and staff. During the construction process we also upgraded our phone system and P.A. system to be able to have instant communication district-wide; and we now have over 80 security cameras so that all activity inside and outside the buildings can be monitored and recorded.

The safety of our staff and students is a high priority at Patrick Henry. We will continue to practice the various components of our safety plan to enhance the safety of all.

If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-3015.

In today’s article I would like to inform readers about an $850,000 21st Century Community Learning Center grant that our elementary school successfully obtained.  The money from this federal grant will be dispersed over five years and will facilitate before and after school programming. The rules of the grant are that the money may be used for new educational opportunities, but not to fund our current operations.  Locally, it is referred to as PALS (Patriots Achieving Learning Success), and will serve a targeted group of students in grades K-4 with academic enrichment, along with a broad range of additional services, programs, and activities.

The vision of PALS is that all children regardless of ethnicity, income, or disability will achieve academic success, positive youth development, family engagement opportunities, and community involvement. Patrick Henry Elementary is committed to providing positive, integrated instruction and helping every child achieve on-track status in each grade level K-4. PALS will provide a safe and supportive before and after school environment where the academic, nonacademic, health, and social service needs of children and families are met so children are better able to achieve academic success.

If this grant sounds familiar, it is because the HS/MS received this same grant four years ago.  The HS/MS grant, which we locally call Project Revolution, is in the last year of their five-year grant cycle. I look forward to the engaging and enriching events that these grants will offer to our students and families throughout the year.  Kudos to the Northwest Ohio Education Service Center for their collaboration in our district obtaining this grant, and congratulations to Elementary Principal Bryan Hieber and his staff on this great accomplishment. 

Our district is receiving other grants this school year also.  In addition to the two 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, we are receiving various federal Title grants, a “High Schools That Work/Making Middle Grades Work” grant, and a Wellness grant.  Patrick Henry is currently scheduled to receive over $750,000 in grant money this school year.  I commend the efforts of our staff members in pursuing grant money to enhance the education being provided to the students of our school district.

If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-3015.


Good communication is vital for a successful school year.  Patrick Henry Schools will be involved in many events and activities throughout the school year.  I would like to share with you the various methods that we will utilize to communicate with district residents.  All district voters should have received their annual calendar.  This publication not only provides a listing of school events, but also has very important data such as phone numbers, school start and end times, and calamity day information.  Our district is also using our website, Facebook, Twitter, and a text alert system called Remind to provide information.  A complete listing of the addresses for the Facebook and Twitter accounts and directions to sign up for the Remind text alert system are on the district website. Go to the Parent tab on the homepage, and then select the Social Media Information link in the pull-down menu.

The middle school Facebook, Twitter and Remind accounts have all changed this year, so if you have not updated to the new sites, please do so.

Please remember that the district Facebook page will only be used to distribute information to our district residents. We do not use Facebook for two-way communication.  Some posts are scheduled in advance and the page is not being monitored for questions that are asked in response to a post.  If you have a question regarding a post, please contact the building that your child attends.

The district website has been revised and updated.  The new site has been streamlined so that any information useful to a parent has been placed under the parent tab.  Below is a partial listing of what can be found under the parent tab of the district website:

-Registration information, FinalForms and PowerSchool

-School supplies lists and school fees

-Information regarding online payments

-Calendars, newsletters and HS daily announcements

-Student handbooks

-Athletic handbook, physical forms and season pass order form

-Social media information

We encourage you to explore our new website as there is much more that what is listed above.

In addition to the sources listed above, there will also be articles put in the Deshler Flag and the Northwest Signal.  We will again be participating in WNDH’s School Report, so make sure you listen to WNDH on Monday mornings around 7:15 a.m.

There are numerous positive things happening in our school district, and we want you to be able to follow all our success, so please utilize the sources above and I hope to see you at school activities.

If ever you have questions about our school district, feel free to contact me at 419-274-3015.



The Mission of Patrick Henry Local Schools is to create the best possible educational environment which prepares students to become life-long learners and productive citizens in the global community through a diverse curriculum, effective teaching, and positive community support.

As required by law, parents may request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers.

Patrick Henry Schools are an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, positive, productive, and nurturing educational environment for all of its students. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. 

State law now requires districts to report incidents of bullying semi-annually on our website.  A copy of Board Policy 5517.01 - Bullying and Other Forms of Aggressive Behavior may be found in the district’s board policy by clicking here. 

Reported Bullying Incidents--First Semester 2017-2018
High School - 3
Middle School - 6
Elementary - 6