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Transportation Update


Thank you to the Ravenna Community as we continue to navigate the driver shortage that is plaguing not just the Ravenna School District, but is impacting school districts across the state and nation!  I wanted to provide you with an update about how we are dealing not only with the shortages, but also with the ongoing road closures.


First, and foremost, when we don’t have the full number of drivers available to cover our routes, we work to combine routes or utilize our substitute drivers to cover the routes.  This is always our goal – to accommodate pick up and drop off in some way.  The trade off may be some routes running a little behind.  When in addition to the existing shortages, a driver calls off due to illness, etc, we look to, again, combine routes.  If we don’t have the capacity to accommodate all the transportation needs, then we may need to cancel a route.  This is always a last resort.  If a route is canceled, students who are unable to attend school due to lack of transportation are marked as an excused absence, and are allowed to make up all work with no penalty.  We only ask that if that is the case that you call into the school and let them know about the situation.  We will continue to use ParentSquare to communicate any delays or cancellations.  You will receive a text message and an email; occasionally you may receive a voicemail.  We are committed to letting you know about any changes as soon as we can, providing you with as much time as possible to make arrangements.


You may have also noticed the road construction, road closures and detours.  These have certainly impacted our drivers’ ability to provide smooth pick ups and drop offs, however, our drivers have gone above and beyond to ensure that students are transported safely and in a timely manner.  We anticipate that most of the road work will be completed by the end of September, which will provide some relief.


I also wanted to provide you with the process to become a bus driver.  We do have some candidates going through the process to become licensed bus drivers. After applying at…/JobPosting/view.asp the candidate is interviewed, has a background check (at district expense), and begins studying the CDL manual in preparation for taking the test to secure a temporary license. Once a candidate passes this first test they begin On Board Instruction (OBI), generally between 30-35 hours in length, provided by the district. After the OBI trainer determines they qualify for a bus certificate the candidate then attends a week-long class focused on state and federal laws relevant to bus drivers. Then and only then can the candidate take the CDL portion of the test at a cost of $115 (paid for by the district). When they pass the driving portion their paperwork is submitted to the state. Approval generally takes between 48-72 hours. At that time, our candidate can begin driving for the Ravenna School District! We currently have three candidates in the pipeline, and are anxiously awaiting the day they are ready to drive! We are looking for one to be available in about a week, and a second by the first week of October.


I will continue to update the website with Transportation Updates as things change – hopefully the next time you hear from me it will be with the news that we are fully staffed, the road work is completely finished, and all is well in the world!  




Ravenna City Schools – Strategic Plan


The Ravenna School District has embarked on a journey to create a 3-5 year strategic plan to drive our work in the years going forward.  Many of you have already participated in some of the early work through data collection, focus groups and a community planning session.  When the Board of Education met in a work session in late November, they, along with other district leaders, used the information gathered through that early work to create a mission and vision statement and identified three areas to be addressed in the plan.

Ravenna School District Strategic Plan

If you are interested in hearing more about our Strategic Planning process, or being involved in some way contact Dr. Laura Hebert, Superintendent of the Ravenna School District at


Dear Parents & Guardians,

We are excited to let you know that this year we’ll be using ParentSquare to communicate with you at the school, and in your classrooms and groups.  ParentSquare provides a simple and safe way for everyone at school to connect.

With ParentSquare you’ll be able to:

• Receive all district, school and classroom communication via email, text, or app
• View the school and classroom calendar and RSVP for events
• Easily sign up to volunteer and/or bring items

Click Here To Learn More

Please click HERE to visit our Enrollment and Registration page to learn how to enroll your child for the 2023-2024 school year.

Please see important dates pertaining to the 2023-2024 school year in the district calendar at the bottom of this page!  Also, remember to check out each school’s home page and calendar for additional important information.


At the roots of a strong school district are the exceptional faculty and staff and committed base of community supporters. The Ravenna School District is fortunate to have both!

To help recognize the game-changing work – inside and outside of schools – that our outstanding staff members do on a daily basis, we are implementing monthly recognition opportunities that celebrate Team Ravenna members who go above and beyond. Team Ravenna’s Game Changers are those who step up to meet the needs of our students, offer support and access to resources to colleagues, provide an extra layer of support for families outside the classroom, who are innovative and empathetic educators, and who generally make a positive and sometimes life changing difference in the lives of our students, families and their colleagues.

Each month the Superintendent chooses staff members from across the district to be recognized for outstanding service.

Congratulations to the TEAM RAVENNA STAFF GAME CHANGER AWARD WINNERS for Septemper!!!

Mrs. Jennifer Browning, School Counselor, Ravenna High School

Mrs. Renee Donofrio, School Counselor, Ravenna High School

Mrs. Rebecca Kline, Bus Driver, Transportation Office

Ofc. Steve Lincoln & Tucker, School Resource Officer & Therapy Dog



The Ravenna School District is pleased to announce the Student Game Changer initiative.  Similar to the Game Changer initiative for faculty and staff, we would like to recognize those students, K-12, who are consistently Responsible, Respectful and In Control.  It may be the student who tries the hardest and always turns in work.  Or the student who turns in money that was found on the floor.  Or the student who rarely talks back.  Or, it could be the student who consistently says please and thank you in the line at lunch/breakfast or always behaves on the bus.  There are so many ways our students demonstrate what it means to be a Ravenna Raven and it is our pleasure to recognize them each month!  WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!

Congratulations to the TEAM RAVENNA STUDENT GAME CHANGER AWARD WINNERS for September!!!

Camden Hilbrunner, Ravenna Preschool

Briella Cottrell, West Park School

Johnathan Brown, Willyard Elementary School

Carter Kimbrought, West Main Elementary School

Ella Vargo, Brown Middle School

Joseph Moravcik III, Ravenna High School

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CALENDAR 2023-2024

October 2023

  • RHS/BMS Fall Choir Concert
  • WM Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • RHS Financial Aid Night
  • RHS/BMS Fall Choir Concert
  • Elementary PTO Meeting
  • WM Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Willyard P/T Conferences - Night #1
  • Willyard P/T Conferences Night #2
  • End of First Quarter
  • West Main Fall Dance
  • BOE Meeting
  • BMS Picture Day (sm gym)
  • Report Cards Available on HAC
  • BMS Halloween Dance

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