The Mission of the Wayne Trace Local School District is to prioritize the philosophy of One District-One-Mission-One Vision.  Wayne Trace is committed to educational excellence that will help all students achieve at their  highest level and to graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become thinking, productive citizens in a changing global society, this is accomplished through a system which supports community values and integrates community, technology, and educational resources delivered in a safe environment by a caring staff.

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WDFM 98.1 OR WKSD 99.7





Wayne Trace JH-HS recently held its' 2014 Staff Hall of Fame induction prior to the Edgerton football game. Superintendent Stephen Arnold is shown with inductees: Jim Sponsellor, accepting on behalf of the late Mr. Harold Sponseller who served as a superintendent, teacher and coach at Payne Local School from 1927-1969, and Mr. James McElroy, who served the Wayne Trace District from 1970-2000 as a teacher and audio/visual director.

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Superintendent’s Message – November 2014

 How quickly the first grading period has come and gone at Wayne Trace Local Schools.  Thank you to everyone who has helped to make the start of the 2014-2015 school year so positive.  Educating our youth is a team effort, and maintaining cooperation between school personnel and community members is a top priority as we continue to make this a great school district.

Safety also continues to be a top priority at all three of our school buildings.  Recently, each of our building principals met with Sheriff Jason Landers to review various procedures in the event of an emergency.  These meetings should lead to even better communication with our local law enforcement agencies.  We thank Sheriff Landers for his proactive approach.  Additionally, we are aware of the Ebola situation in Ohio.  At the time of this writing, no one in the state of Ohio has been diagnosed with this disease, but we are taking general, common-sense steps to do what we can to assure that our students and staff are as safe as possible.  

In academic news, we appreciate everyone’s cooperation with our professional development plans so far this school year.  We have had two full-day in-services this fall for continued training in the worlds of technology and student growth measures.  Each of these full days was very good use of time.  At this time, we have no more full-day in-services planned.  However, please be reminded that we have two-hour delays scheduled for the third Wednesday of November, January, February, and April for our building-levels teams to collaborate as part of the Ohio Improvement Process.  Our teachers and administrative staff continue to work hard at adapting to the changes coming from the Ohio Department of Education, and this collaboration time is an essential part of the process. 

In other academic news, the 21st Century Grant after-school tutoring program is off and running.  Students must qualify for this program.  So… if you received a letter earlier in the year stating that your child has qualified for this program, you may still enroll your child in the program at no cost to you.  Transportation to Payne and Grover Hill is also available this year to the students in this program.  If you have questions about the 21st Century program, contact our program coordinator, Mrs. Ashley Shepherd, at Western Buckeye ESC (419-399-4711).  

Congratulations go out to this year’s Staff Hall of Fame inductees, Mr. James McElroy and Mr. Harold Sponseller.  Both of these gentlemen were inducted at the annual ceremony held on October 10.  A big thank you goes out to everyone who has nominated former staff members for this award, as well as to our own HOF committee for their efforts.

Parents are reminded that parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for October 29-30, and school will not be in session on October 30-31.  If you need more information concerning parent-teacher conferences, contact the building principal’s office at your child(ren)’s schools.  

As always, if you have questions or concerns about your child’s educational experience at Wayne Trace, feel free to contact your building principal or superintendent.

Go Raiders!


Stephen Arnold, Superintendent



Attention: Federal Court Instructs Ohio Districts

A U.S. District Court has ordered that 2013-2014 school year records from the Ohio Department of Education’s Educational Management Information System be turned over to Disability Rights Ohio as part of an ongoing lawsuit.

Under the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, families of students whose data will be released must be notified and given the opportunity to object. The court is instructing all local education agencies to post notice about this opportunity to object on their district websites and in a central location, accessible to the public, in each building that is open to the public.

The court must receive objections no later than September 12, 2014.
Students’ names, addresses and social security numbers are not part of the information to be released. Ohio is one of only three states that do not allow their departments of education to collect this data, to protect student privacy.
Data to be released for each student include student ID number, school name, grade, gender, race, age and disability category. The records also reveal student performance on the state’s Ohio Achievement Assessments and Ohio Graduation Tests, as well as tests related to Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Student suspensions and expulsions also are listed.

The data is subject to a protective order, which means Disability Rights Ohio cannot publicize it.

Questions should be directed to the Ohio Department of Education’s legal office at 614.466.4705.
Complete information is available at The notice document is available at

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