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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Superintendent’s Message – January 2015

 The administration, faculty, and staff of Wayne Trace Local Schools hope that you are having a blessed holiday season and look forward to serving the students of our great school district in 2015 and beyond.

Speaking of 2015, we are actively seeking nominations for the Wayne Trace Staff Hall of Fame Class of 2015.  Should you be interested in nominating a worthy former staff member, please contact either Mrs. Ann Olwin or me in the central office, and we will get a nomination form sent to you in a timely manner.

In academic news, the first semester has now come to an end in what is to be remembered as a year of transition for public schools in the state of Ohio.  As our faculty and staff continues to introduce the new content standards to our students in all three school buildings, we remain optimistic that our students will be well prepared for the new PARCC assessments and end-of-course exams that are coming our way during the second semester of this school year.  The Ohio Department of Education, in hopes of raising the bar for all students, is mandating several new concepts this school year, and we believe we have done very well in preparing ourselves for these changes through a variety of professional development activities for our faculty and staff.  Now, we must continue to introduce material, assess our students’ growth, and constantly evaluate our system for delivering this material to our students.   With that said, I wish to elaborate on one of my constant themes: Continued collaboration between school and home is essential for all students be as successful as possible, and the administration, faculty, & staff wish to thank all of our parents, grandparents, and guardians for their continued support of our great school district.

Speaking further of appreciation, we would like to thank all of our senior citizens who attended the annual “Senior Citizens Luncheon” on December 11.  Your continued support of our school district is very much appreciated, and we hope that you enjoyed both an excellent meal and some festive music provided by our high school music department.  Thanks also go out to everyone involved in making this program possible, especially Mrs. Karen Wagonrod, who one again organized and coordinated the event.

Congratulations go out to our three music teachers: Miss Sharon Spinner, Miss Louise Vranesevic, and Mrs. Ann Wieland for coordinating and directing this year’s holiday concerts at their respective buildings.  We would like to thank these teachers for continuing to bring performing arts education to our students.  Thanks also go out to Mrs. Joni Wenninger, who plays a key role in many of our musical performances.

Finally, a tremendous thank you goes out to our staff and student organizations for the many Christmas events they sponsored and supported, which allowed people right here in our community to have a more joyous Christmas.  Not only do our teachers and staff members provide a quality education, they also motivate our students to give back to others.  After all, the real purpose of our lives is to give what we’re able to give to other people.

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



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.


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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