Dear Mentor Schools Families & Staff,
I am writing to inform you that a threatening message was called into the Mentor Police Department this evening referencing “a school”, not specifically a Mentor school. After investigating, Mentor police officers have been able to determine that it was not a credible threat and that it is safe for us to operate the district tomorrow per usual. However, to be extra vigilant, we will have an increased police presence in our district tomorrow.
As you know, the safety of our students, staff and schools is our absolute number one priority in Mentor Schools. We value our partnership with the Mentor Police and Fire departments in implementing our safety measures. The “See Something? Say Something!” philosophy in our community continues to be key in maintaining a safe learning environment for our students.
I can assure you, our team will continue to take every precaution we can to ensure we provide a safe learning environment where students can grow academically, socially and emotionally in all of our schools.
Bill Porter
About Our District

Mentor Public Schools is a suburban school district that serves more than 7,700 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade from the City of Mentor and the surrounding communities of Mentor-on-the-Lake, Concord Township, and Kirtland Hills. Our district operates seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one state-of-the-art specialized school for students with autism, with just under 1,000 employees.

Mentor High School is one of the largest in the State of Ohio based on enrollment, which affords us the opportunity to offer students more than 200 courses through our current Program of Studies. Classes available include college or honors level, Advanced Placement (AP), career technical education, art, music and a wide variety of elective options. We have plans in place to expand our offerings by adding dozens of online and distance learning courses through the use of technology. Providing more opportunities and student choice will ultimately help us better attain our goal of meeting and exceeding the instructional needs of all learners.

We believe providing an abundance of extracurricular activities is also an extremely important component to producing well-rounded and successful students, who are prepared for life after graduation. Our students learn the importance of community and giving back from the moment they step into our schools, as each school building supports an array of service activities and causes. In a typical graduating class, students can celebrate having provided more than 30,000 community service hours to benefit their neighbors. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in more than 60 clubs, activities, and athletic teams, including clubs specifically focused on diversity, mental health awareness, and anti-bullying initiatives.

While keeping students safe and providing a high quality education is a top priority, maintaining fiscal responsibility by being good stewards of our tax-payer dollars is equally important. Mentor Schools has now earned eight consecutive perfect audits from the Ohio Auditor’s Office, which states our exemplary financial reporting serves as the standard for clean, accountable government, representing the highest level of service to Ohioans.

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