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Miami County YMCA, Troy City Schools and The Troy Foundation to Launch Before and After School Pilot Program

The Miami County YMCA, Troy City Schools and The Troy Foundation are excited to announce the launch of a new before and after school pilot program to start with the 2024-25 school year. The pilot program will be located at Cookson Elementary and Kyle Elementary Schools and also available to students at Forest Elementary School at the Kyle site.

The primary objective of this initiative is to offer convenient and reliable childcare solutions for families with elementary-aged children attending Cookson, Kyle, or Forest Elementary schools initially. Childcare will be provided before school beginning at 6:30 AM and after school until 5:30 PM, and aims to provide a safe and enriching environment for students outside of regular school hours.

The pilot program is being funded by a grant from The Troy Foundation’s Priority Needs Fund in the amount of $112,500 and will address the childcare needs of Troy families initially attending Cookson, Kyle, and Forest Elementary schools. The Priority Needs Fund was created by The Troy Foundation to fund grants that address the needs identified during their 2020 Community Needs Assessment, childcare being identified as the second most pressing need for the Troy community.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Miami County YMCA to bring this much-needed service to our students and families,” said Chris Piper, Superintendent of Troy City Schools. “This program will not only offer childcare but also provide opportunities for academic support and enrichment activities for the students.”

The Miami County YMCA has hired Robin Mitzelos as the Before and After School Director. Dr. Mitzelos’ background will ensure the highest standards of care for participating students. 

Additionally, qualified teachers will be hired to oversee the classrooms at both locations.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with Troy City Schools and The Troy Foundation to launch this pilot program,” said Donn Craig, Branch Executive, Robinson Branch of the Miami County YMCA. “By offering before and after school care, we aim to alleviate the childcare burden on families and create a supportive environment where children can learn, grow, and thrive.”

“This pilot is the first step towards helping Troy families secure childcare for their children,” said Melissa Kleptz, President and CEO of The Troy Foundation. “The Troy Foundation would like to thank the Miami County YMCA and Troy City Schools for providing this much needed program, and we look forward to continuing to support this program in the future.”

The YMCA will begin registration for this pilot program beginning in June. Information pertaining to the registration process will be available soon by visiting the Miami County YMCA’s website at or by contacting Donn Craig, Branch Executive, at (937) 440-9622.




500 N. Market Street
Troy Ohio 45373

The Troy City Schools Board of Education will accept bids for Troy City Schools Above
Ground Fuel Tank Project, until 1:30 PM on May 9, 2024, at the Board of Education
Building located at 500 N. Market Street, Troy OH 45373. Bids for the project will be
publicly opened at that time.

Proposals must be enclosed in a sealed envelope endorsed by the name of the bidder and
marked “Troy City Schools – Above Ground Fuel Tank Project” and addressed to the
Treasurer, Jeff Price. Proposals must be received at the Office of the Treasurer on or
before the specified time. No proposals received through facsimile transmission or
electronic media will be accepted.

Bid Documents were prepared by RDA Group Architects, LLC, Attn: Mr. Jonathan
Schaaf, (937) 610-3440. The Bid Documents are being issued in electronic format [PDF]
and may be obtained upon request by email to Documents may be
printed at the bidder’s expense, non-refundable.

A pre-bid meeting will be held on May 2, 2024 at 10:00 AM, at Troy City Schools
Transportation Building, 556 Adams Street, Troy, OH 45373. Site visits will follow the
pre-bid meeting.

By Order of the Board Susan Borchers, President
Of Education of the
Troy City School

Advertisement dates: April 25, 2024

Private donors to  fund new turf at Troy Memorial Stadium, Ferguson Field in fall of 2024

The Stadium & Turf Enhancement Project (STEP) Committee is pleased to announce that enough funds have been raised allowing the project to move forward for use in the fall of 2024.

Although the amount raised thus far is approximately $300,000 short of its goal, there are sufficient donations to cover the replacement of the turf at both Memorial Stadium and Ferguson Field along with the installation of new lights and scoreboard at the soccer field. Ferguson Field will use the existing bleachers and press box during the fall 2024 season while the Committee continues to raise the remaining funds to cover the installation of new bleachers and a press box at the soccer field in time for the 2025 season.

“We are pleased to be working with the Motz Group on the installation of both turf fields,” said Jeff Price, Troy City School District Treasurer. “They have a long history of successful turf projects throughout central/southwest Ohio including The Horseshoe and OSU’s practice facility.”

The project was kicked off in March 2023 with a donation spark from the Ernst Family.

“Growing up in Troy and having attended Troy schools, we are excited to give back to the Troy Community by supporting this worthwhile project for Troy students to have two amazing fields to practice and compete on,” said Dan Ernst.

The project is 100% funded with private donations which have been received from individuals, businesses, foundations, and civic organizations throughout the Troy

“We have been really pleased with the response from the Trojan Family,” said Chris Piper,
Troy City School District Superintendent. “Our community has a long history of supporting Troy City Schools and worthy projects throughout the District and we are confident the remaining funds will be raised.”

Plans call for the construction to begin on Ferguson Field in April and Memorial Stadium’s construction will follow as soon as the track season is over. Donations will continue to be accepted by the STEP Fund of The Troy Foundation to close the remaining gap. Checks may be mailed to the Foundation at 216 W. Franklin Street (place STEP on the memo line) or online through their website:

For more information, please contact Tom Kleptz at (937) 875-2550 or

Troy City Schools named "One of the Best Communities for Music Education"

Anyone who has been involved with or seen performances from the Troy City Schools music department knows how talented Troy’s students and staff are, as well as how dedicated they are  to the pursuit of musical education and excellence.

And now they have been nationally recognized for their efforts.

The Troy City Schools have been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 25th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement for providing music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Troy’s music department answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“This is an incredible honor, and truly says a lot about how hard our students and staff have worked to get to this point,” said Casey Layer, who filled out the formal application. “We are incredibly proud of our music program, which touches the lives of students from kindergarten through high school. We have incredible buy-in from our students and staff. We are also very fortunate to have the amazing support of the district, administrators and, of course, our community. Troy has always been very proud and supportive of our music programs.”

Troy’s music education staff consists of: Molly Venneman (band), Casey Layer (band), Rachel Sagona (choir), Stephanie Strope (orchestra), Erik Strope (classroom music), Jenny Hewitt (classroom music), Jerry Nelson (classroom music) and Abigail Greenfield (classroom music).

“This is definitely an award we all take pride in,” Layer said.

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music: After two years of music education, researchers found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers and that students who are involved in music are not only more likely to graduate high school but also to attend college as well. 

In addition, everyday listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than in those without music training. Significantly, listening skills are closely tied to the ability to: perceive speech in a noisy background, pay attention, and keep sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound: young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Not to mention, social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and how to give and receive constructive criticism. 


TCS Open Enrollment Information for 2024-25

Troy City Schools Open Enrollment Information for 2024-2025

The Troy City Schools Open Enrollment Portal for both interdistrict and intradistrict applications is now OPEN.

Completed forms MUST be submitted with a proof of residency.

Forms can be completed on line through the links below and will be accepted
until 4:30 p.m. on May 3.

Here is the Troy City Schools Interdistrict (K-12 students living outside of Troy
City School District) Open Enrollment Information for 2024-2025:

Interdistrict open enrollment application: Click HERE
Interdistrict administrative guidelines: Click HERE

Here is the Troy City Schools Intradistrict (K-5 movement within the district) Open Enrollment Information for 2024-2025:
Enrollment form: Click HERE
Administrative Guidelines: Click HERE