Dr. Todd M. Nichols is currently the Superintendent/CEO of Cuyahoga Falls City Schools and has nineteen years of administrative experience. Prior to being the Superintendent, Dr. Nichols was the Superintendent of Bucyrus City Schools. Before that he was a high school principal for eleven years Stebbins High School in the Mad River Local School District in Montgomery County and Lake High School in Wood County. During the first four years in administration, Dr. Nichols served Eastwood Local Schools, Wood County, as the high school Assistant Principal/Athletic Director/Director of Transportation. Dr. Nichols' extensive career also includes teaching mathematics at Eastwood High School and coaching cross-country and track. Dr. Nichols received his B. S. in Education from Bowling Green State University in 1988 and his M.A. from the University of Toledo in 1994 and his Ed. D. in Organizational Leadership from Bowling Green State University in 2001. Dr. Nichols and his wife, Sherri, have four children.
Dr. Nichols' Goals for 2012-2013:
From the interrelated goals established by the Board of Education, District Leadership Team (DLT), and the Planning for the 21st Century Team (Pt21), Dr. Nichols' two primary goals for the 2012-2013 school year are similar to the goals of last year:
District Objectives for 2012-2013:
- Cuyahoga Falls City Schools will have a Performance Index (PI) = 100.0 or better on the 2011-2012 State Report Card -- While the Local Report Cards issued by the Ohoi Department of Education have been delayed, our preliminary data suggest our Performance Index to be something slightly greater than 97.9. Unfortunately, this index would represent a slight decline from 2010-2011 when the index was 99.3. That said, the 2012-2013 Local Report Cards will be composed of different, not yet determined, elements. The change comes as a result of the waiver from the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, otherwise known as No Child Left Behind.
- Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Expenditures will not exceed Revenues in FY12 -- While the October 2011 revenue forecast was $2.1M more than actually received as a result of reductions in state support and a $65M decline in property valuation, the District reduced expenditures by $1.9M. As a result, we closed FY12 only $218K in deficit spending (less than 0.4% of the budget). While this figure did not meet our goal, it does represent an improvement from FY11 in which the District closed at $990K in deficit spending.
Given the significant academic progress in recent years it is important to Stay the Course and Work the Plan:
- Use the Ohio Improvement Process to meet the district goals:
1. By the end of the 2012-13 school year, 85% of our students will demonstrate one year’s growth in reading as measured by iReady (grades K-8) and common assessments (grades 9-12).
2. By the end of the 2012-13 school year, 85% of our students will demonstrate one year’s growth in mathematics as measured by iReady (grades K-8) and common assessments (grades 9-12).
3. During the 2012-13 school year, the Dept. of T & L will support 100% of our teachers and administrators in promoting a culture of excellence across the district by providing professional development focused on Professional Learning Communities and FIP your school.
Please come to this site after each grading period as we intend to provide frequent progress reports.
- Strategies to meet these goals include: Early-Release Wednesdays, All-Day Kindergarten, District-wide Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT).