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Our mission is to educate world-class kids by providing the opportunity for each student to become academically prepared, self reliant, thoughtful of others, and successful in life.


Welcome to Genoa Area Local Schools

The attached "invoice" below notes the year-to-year charges deducted from our district's State funding by the Ohio Department of Education that has been used to fund Charter/Community schools since their inception in 1999.  Total cost to local taxpayers since inception:  $1,964,075.54.




Charter School facts:

1 Charter schools are privately operated but publicly funded. Since they're privately operated, charters are exempt from 150 state laws that public schools must comply with as they serve a public purpose in a community setting.

2 Our public schools are governed by our publicly elected school board, neighbors who are voted in office to serve us. Charter schools have unelected boards that are hand-picked by the private school operator, and there is no legal requirement that these individuals even live in the community where the charter school is located, be elected by the public or the parents served by the school, or even be American citizens.

3 Since most charter schools are run by for-profit management companies that are private enterprises, they are not obligated to disclose the salaries of the school leaders or of other employees of the school.

4 Researchers around the country have shown that many charter school administrator salaries are much higher than school district superintendents. In New York City, for example, the salaries for charter school administrators who are responsible for only a handful of schools are paid more than double the salary of the public school chancellor, who is responsible for nearly 1,600 schools. http:/

5 Under Ohio law, there is no legal requirement for the charter school leader to have any kind of professional license or even a degree.

6 The deductions for state financial aid for charter school students from a school district's allocation exceed the amount per pupil of state aid going to that district, a fact documented in the Columbus Dispatch. Residents of public school districts whose children attend a local public school are being deprived of public tax dollars needed for public education in order to support privately operated and non-transparent charter schools.

7 Not only do public school districts receive less state aid per pupil than charter schools, they must also provide transportation for charter students to their schools, an additional expense incurred by public school districts in order to support these privately operated schools.

8 Many national studies have shown that charter schools normally serve a smaller percentage of students with special needs, children who require additional support at an increased cost per pupil. Public schools, our community schools, are pledged to serve all children.

There is a new tool that allows school district residents to look up important data about the condition and performance of their community schools and compare that to charter schools. Go to this website to find out more specific information:

As citizens look at these examples of how charter schools receive public tax dollars but otherwise operate freely due to 150 exemptions in state law that public school districts otherwise must follow, they are concerned about what kind of schools they really are. Here is one important development that has been felt in Ohio: In September 2015, the Washington Supreme Court, in a landmark ruling that was felt across the country, held that "taxpayer-funded charter schools are unconstitutional, reasoning that charters are not truly public schools because they aren't governed by elected boards and therefore not accountable to voters."

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2016 Scholarship Award Winners

Genoa Area Local Schools

Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

alt 2016 Scholarship Application - (*Fill out the form online and print - PDF enabled browser required)

Contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 419-855-7741 ext. 21100

Who Are We?

The Genoa Area Local Schools Scholarship Foundation, Inc. offers scholarships to students of the Genoa Area Local Schools.  This Foundation was organized by a local group of interested citizens on January 7, 1991, and has held a tax-free status with the IRS since March 2, 1994.


In 2015 a total of 54 scholarships were awarded to forty-one (41) seniors through the Foundation.  There are currently thirty-five (35) individual scholarship funds that offered forty-four (44) scholarships in 2015. A total of ten (10) additional scholarships were given by various local businesses and organizations in conjunction with the Foundation, including one four-year renewable scholarship first awarded in 2004 (The Dehn Sisters Memorial Scholarship Trust).  Over the past five years, the Foundation has distributed more than 276 scholarships. The various scholarship funds in the Foundation total over $626,000 and continue to grow.


These scholarships are presented annually at the high school’s Honors Award Program in the spring.

Where Do the Funds Come From?
Contributions to the various scholarship funds can be made through gifts, honorariums, memorials, wills, etc. Gifts of money or stock may be designated to create a new scholarship or to the principal of an existing scholarship fund. Many graduating classes, along with the alumni reunions, have considered these an important endeavor and have given remaining monies to a scholarship fund.

How Does It Work?


SENIORS 2016-17


The Ohio Dept. of Health has recently announced that they will now require a new immunization for students to begin their 12th grade school year in 2016-17. A student entering the 12th grade will now be required to have a Meningococcal vaccine (meningitis-MCV4). Meningitis is a vaccine preventable disease that can lead to neurological issues, seizures, loss of a limb, or death. There is a rise in meningitis in teenagers and college freshman in dormitories. Perhaps your child may have already received this shot and we do not have documentation of it. Check with your health care provider for current vaccine records. Again, this shot is a State requirement to begin the senior year. Documentation of receiving this shot will be required to begin school and avoid any exclusions. Please give any documentation to the school office  (not a coach). Schedule early to avoid the rush. Thank you for your cooperation.


7TH GRADERS 2016-17


The Ohio Dept. of Health has also added an additional immunization for students entering the 7th grade. Currently your child is required to get a Tdap shot (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) to begin their 7th grade year. Now in addition, your child will need a Meningococcal vaccine (meningitis) also. A second dose of Meningococcal vaccine will be needed before their 12th grade school year. This second dose of the Meningococcal will be given after age 16. Besides your health care provider, below are resources to receive these 2 required vaccines. In summary, for your child to BEGIN the 7th grade school year, both a Tdap and a Meningococcal vaccine are required. Please give any documentation of these to the school office (do not give to a coach) before the first day of school in 2016. Thank you for your cooperation.

Joni Brunkhorst BSN

Director of Health Services


419-855-7741 ext 41202



call for an appointment. A clinic is held at St. John's UCC in Genoa. Shots are $10. Take a past shot record with you. A parent must accompany the child. Schedule early to avoid the rush.


*SHOTS FOR TOTS 419-213-4121

Program through the Lucas County Health Dept. Clinics are set up around Toledo. Call for a schedule. No appointment is needed. If you have insurance that covers vaccines, you will have to go to the Lucas Co. Health Dept. on Erie St. in Toledo for the shots. Take a past shot record. A parent must accompany the child.


Click here to be added to the “SENIORS ONLY – Shout Out” Email List.  The emails will include important announcements, information, scholarships, etc.


I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Genoa Schools’ community. My name is Mike Ferguson and I come to you with 30 years of experience in education. I have been everything from a substitute teacher to a high school English teacher, coach, bus driver and for the last 20 years, an administrator.

My wife Meghan and I have four grown children (two still in college) and we look forward to becoming a part of the Genoa community. My philosophy of education revolves around the belief that all students have the capacity to learn and it is our job to help them tap into their potential and transform it into knowledge and skills that will prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century.

My goal(s) for the district is to continue the strong traditions that have made Genoa a great place to send your children while at the same time improving those areas that will ensure all of our students have the tools necessary to be successful in whatever path they choose. I am ready to get started and look forward to becoming an integral part of the continued success of the Genoa Area Local School District.

Superintendent Mike Ferguson

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