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Summer lunch program helps keep children fed

Hunger never goes on summer vacation. 

And that’s why the Troy City Schools food service team, along with the generosity of the community and help from volunteers, does what it can to make sure students who need a meal during the summer are able to find one. 

Once again, the district’s food service team is serving free lunches at various locations in Troy this summer. 

“We know every child comes from a different background or situation so our goal is to help parents and children in any way we can,” Troy City Schools Food Service Director Clint Hufford said. “That is what makes this program great, these meals are for all Troy kids, regardless of free, reduced, or paying status during the school year. We see the hunger of certain students during the school year and the thought of them going without a guaranteed meal during the summer is heartbreaking. Having plenty of food is a luxury for a lot of people, but there is certainly a need in our community and for our children.”

The free lunch program, which began June 10 and runs through Aug. 9, is available to anyone 18 and under, regardless of what school they attend. Every Monday through Friday, volunteers serve lunches at the Lincoln Community Center (11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m..), Troy Rec (noon to 1 p.m.) and Garden Manor Community Room/Clubhouse (12:30-1 p.m.).  (All sites will be closed Thursday, July 4).

The program serves about 300 meals per day, five days per week. 

“We serve mostly hot food, since that is what the kids enjoy most, but we also serve different deli sandwiches or peanut butter and jelly,” Hufford said. “We also serve a lot of different hot and cold vegetables and various kinds of fruit. We put popular items on the menu that we know the kids will eat, while also menuing new items in hopes of encouraging them to try new things.”

All of the food is prepared at Troy High School, then sent out to the sites around Troy. Hufford said he is blessed to have hard-working staff members preparing and delivering the meals.

“Our program has four employees who lead the operation: Kate Kurmas, Erin Sizemore, Olivia Hughes, and Janel Latif,” Hufford said. “One or two of them work daily, and then we have an additional volunteer or two helping each day, for a total of three people each day. We have  various volunteers who sign-up to help through the summer. We have a mother/daughter team who rotate on picking up and delivering the meals to the sites, mom Jessica Ross and daughter Peyton Dunn. 

“We have four Troy Food Service staff members who do a fantastic job of cooking and preparing meals with the help of so many great community volunteers. Without the staff and volunteers, this program wouldn't be able to exist. Those three staff members and volunteers take such pride in the meals they provide to our children while having fun in the process. From the minute they get here, they are working diligently to ensure the food they provide is healthy and of great quality.”

All of the meals are free to children thanks to the generosity of sponsors within the community.  

“The Summer Feeding Program is a team effort with so many great partnerships that help make this a success every summer,” Hufford said. “First and foremost, the Troy Foundation. Their generosity to fund this program is a blessing. They understand and share the vision for feeding the youth.  Partners in Hope does a great job of getting volunteers for the site and overseeing the grant this year. Troy Rec continues to offer help and feedback to ensure the program runs smoothly . The Lincoln Center is always willing to help on anything that is needed. When you have so many organizations and people within those organizations who are so selfless and willing to help, it makes for such a seamless operation. And obviously, we wouldn’t be able to do this without our incredible volunteers who step up and help with this program every day.” 


First-day-of-school information for the 2024-25 school year

We have started receiving inquiries regarding the first day of school for the 2024-25 school year.

The first day of school for students in grades 1-9 will be Aug. 20.

* Students in grades 10-12 will start school Aug. 21. Freshman Focus Day at Troy High School is Aug. 20, and only freshmen will attend that day.

* We will have a staggered start for kindergarten students the first week of school. Parents should have received their child's start date when they registered. If they did not, they can contact the school their student will be attending.

An important message for all parents of potential Troy athletes going into grades 7-12 (2024-25 school year)

Troy Athletic Department

151 W Staunton Rd, Troy, OH  45373

 (937) 332-6068

David Palmer, Director of Athletics

Barb Roberts, Asst. Athletic Director

We are very excited to announce that the Troy City Schools Athletic Department has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your students. The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time. 

You may review your data at any time to verify it is current. Parents and student athletes will be required to sign your forms once per year and after any update.

Click on the ParentPlaybook - Troy City School District OH.pdf to get started in FinalForms. If you require any support during the process, scroll to the page bottom and click “Use Support”.

We are asking that ALL parents of potential athletes in grades 7-12 for the 2024-2025 school year use FinalForms to register before August 1st.  

Please login at: and follow the prompts to login and sign your forms. 

Thank you for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork processes at Troy City Schools.

David Palmer

Director of Athletics

Troy City Schools

An update on new buildings (May 22, 2024)

Working in tandem with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, we have hired Ruetschle Architects as the project architect, Peterson Construction as the construction management firm and Stan Engineers as commissioning agent. 

Ruetschle Architects is a Dayton-based architecture firm dedicated to personal attention, design excellence and the creation of projects with lasting quality and value. Ruetschle has a long history of educational, institutional, religious, commercial and community projects. They have worked on designing Milton-Union’s K-12 school building, Northmont High School, Fairmont High School’s auditorium and Trent Arena, as well as the addition to Bethel High School. To learn more about Reutschle, click HERE.

Construction Management Firm
Peterson Construction Company was founded in 1949 as a family-run general contracting business that served the Wapakoneta community building homes and residential properties. The company expanded into larger scale commercial projects and developed a reputation for producing high-quality facilities  including schools, hospitals, and water and wastewater treatment plants. They have worked on school projects including: the Covington PK-8 building, Piqua primary schools, Versailles K-12 school, Jackson Center PK-8 school, Van Wert 6-12 school and Lima Senior High School. To learn more about Peterson Construction Company, click HERE

Commissioning Agent
STAN Engineers was formed on April 15, 1981. STAN is a full service mechanical, electrical, and plumbing consulting engineering firm.  They specialize in design engineering, commissioning, and energy engineering for building systems across a broad range of facilities throughout the country. STAN has been selected by OFCC as an approved Commissioning Agent since the inception of the program in January 2005.  They were instrumental in development of the scope of services and statewide standards.  The scope originally included thorough design reviews, development of the commissioning specification, test plan and forms, functional testing of the HVAC systems/controls and electrical systems, seasonal testing, final warranty review and project closeout. For more information about STAN, click HERE

Design work is taking place now, and expected to run through the Spring of 2025. The plan is to start construction in the Summer of 2025 and continue through the Summer of 2027, with the new schools opening in the Fall of 2027. For more about the project, please see our community presentation HERE