A Message from the Superintendent
Seinfeld aired from 1989 to 1998 and is arguably the best sitcom of all time. The show “about nothing” created laughter by pointing out some of the absurdities of daily life. In an episode entitled “The Opposite,” no matter what Jerry does, things seem to work out for him. Because of this, Kramer nicknames him “Even Steven.” However, nothing ever seems to work out for George Constanza. Because of this, George begins to do “The Opposite” of his intuition and things work out for him for a while.
In many ways, as we grapple with the challenges of COVID19, our current school year seems like a months-long episode of “The Opposite.” We started the school year with elementary students attending school every day and middle and high school students in a hybrid educational model due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Although community infection rates were relatively low, no one knew for sure how students attending school may affect the spread of the virus. After a successful first quarter, we transitioned to allow on-campus learning for all students only to see our county alert status move from yellow to orange to red.
As of the writing of this column, despite county numbers being high, the “opposite” is true for our district. London is one of only two school districts to offer fully in-person learning this year and fortunately has experienced very few positive cases. This can be attributed to luck perhaps but also a large amount of effort and understanding in implementing our required protective actions. These efforts by our students, staff, and community are noted and very much appreciated.
This issue of The Raiderscope highlights many of the ways our school and community are adapting to the ever-changing realities of attending school during a pandemic. Although all students have the option to attend classes on campus now, this may certainly change depending on our teacher availability and rate of infection in our schools. How the rest of this semester looks or even the rest of the school year is unknown right now. Rest assured, we will continue working diligently to adapt what we do in order to protect the health and well being of our students and community. In a way, our goal is to be “Even Steven” as we balance offering our students the best educational opportunities possible, while also being mindful of doing our part to minimize infection rates.
As always, if there is anything I can do to assist your student or to answer any questions about our district, please do not hesitate to contact me.
About the Superintendent
Dr. Kramer has served Ohio's public schools for 25 years and is currently in his sixth year as the London City School District Superintendent. During his teaching career, Dr. Kramer taught elementary and middle school students, while also coaching high school cross country, golf, basketball, and track. Over the course of his 19 years as an administrator, he has served as an elementary principal, a high school principal, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and as superintendent.
Lou holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Dayton, a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from The Ohio State University, a Doctor of Education Degree in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and earned his superintendent's license from the University of Findlay. Kramer currently serves on several state committees and remains connected to the London Community by being involved with the London Rotary Club, the United Way of Clark, Champaign, and Madison Counties, the Madison Family Council Executive Committee, and serves on the Board of the Madison County Collaborative Economic Development Agency. He is an adjunct faculty member in Franklin University's Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program and also volunteers as the head coach for the London High School swim team.
As a "recovering" high school principal and avid Cleveland Sports fan, Lou jokes that he is both an eternal optimist and a glutton for punishment. He and his wife Janet have been married for 21 years and have four active children ranging from middle school to college.
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