It’ll soon be THAT time: Blanchester back-to-school info for 2018-19

By Blanchester Local Schools

BLANCHESTER — The following information should help you prepare for the start of what will be an exciting era for Blanchester Schools.

If you have difficulty getting in touch with your child’s school, please call the board office at 937-783-3523 and we will try to help.

Blanchester Local Schools will open Thursday, Aug. 16 for the 2018-2019 school year, beginning their 164th year of service to the young people of the district. All schools will be in session for a full day the first day.

Lunch will be served in each cafeteria and students should be prepared to begin their studies.

The kindergarten students do a staggered start — half of the class will begin Thursday, August 23 and not attend Friday, Aug. 24. The other half of the class will begin Friday, Aug. 24.

All kindergartners will attend Monday, Aug.27 — your child’s teacher will let you know what day your child starts at your conference.

The following information will answer many questions; however, district residents may call their child’s school or the district office for clarification or further information.

Open houses

Middle School: Grades 6, 7 and 8 – Tuesday, Aug. 14, 5-6 p.m.

Intermediate School: Grades 4 and 5 –Tuesday, Aug. 14, 5-6 p.m.

Putman Elementary: Grades PS thru 3rd Tuesday, Aug. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

High School: Freshmen Orientation – Thursday, Aug. 9, 6-7 p.m. in High School Auditeria

High school: Open House: Grades 9-12, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Building info

Putman Elementary: Pre-kindergarten through third grades, Mike Snider, Principal, 783-2681.

Blanchester Intermediate School: Fourth and fifth grades, Marci Goodrich, Principal, 783-2040.

Blancheser Middle School: Sixth through eighth grades, Amy Schaljo, Principal, 783-3642.

Senior High School: Ninth through 12th grades, Chris Smith, Principal; Pandy McCarty, Assistant Principal, 783-2461.

District personnel

Dean D. Lynch, Superintendent, 937-783-3523.

Raechel Purdon, Director of Instruction, 937-783-3523.

Kristin Unversaw, Director of Student Services, 937-783-2681

Barb Prater, Transportation Supervisor, 937-783-3714.

Dave Fangmeyer, Buildings & Grounds Supervisor, 937-783-3523.

Vanessa Swinderman Cafeteria Supervisor, 937-783-1212

Linda Falgner, District Nurse 937-783-2681


Registration of new students starts July 16 through the Board Office, 951 Cherry St., which will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A birth certificate, health records, academic records, parent driver’s license and proof of residency should be presented at the time of registration.


Prices for breakfast are: Students, $1.50; adults, $2; reduced students, 30 cents

Prices for a “Class A” hot lunch are: Grades K-5: $2.75; Grades 6-12: $3; Adults: $3.25; Students/adult extra milk: 50 cents; Student reduced lunch: 40 cents

Free and reduced-price lunch forms will be sent home with students the first day of school. Applications requesting free or reduced-price lunches must be returned to the office of the principal before approval can be granted.

New applications must be submitted by Friday, Sept. 7. Specific questions concerning the cafeteria should be addressed to Vanessa Swinderman, Cafeteria Supervisor, at 783-1212.


School bus routes, stops and turns have changed very little from last year. Specific questions concerning transportation should be addressed to Barb Prater, Transportation Supervisor, at 783-3714.

School fees

Each school charges a fee for materials or workbooks that cannot be used by other children. The class fees for the 2018-2018 school year are: Kindergarten-8th Grade, $20; Grades 9-12: According to schedule of classes.

Specific questions concerning School Fees should be addressed to the building principal.

Oaks students

Diamond Oaks student orientation: Aug. 15; All students Aug. 16

Laurel Oaks student orientation: Aug. 15; All students Aug. 16

Bus to Laurel Oaks will depart from the high school at approximately 7:45 a.m.

Live Oaks student orientation: Aug. 15; All Students Aug. 16

Scarlet Oaks student orientation: Aug. 15; All Students Aug. 16.

By Blanchester Local Schools