community & alumni

Firelands Alumni Association

In order to maintain our history and improve communication for all of our graduates, The Firelands Alumni Association (FAA) has been formed. The FAA has set goals and will continue to reevaluate and add to theses goals. Some of which include:

  • Creating a Scholarship for graduating seniors
  • General support to our school district
  • Communications to all alumni (reunions, district information)
  • Recognition of a true Falcon Fan
  • Create a Hall of Fame
  • Directory of the Alumni Association

We are asking Firelands Alumni to sign up! There is no cost, and no requirement of volunteer hours. However, we will always welcome the help of anyone who would like to become involved with us!

In order to be a registered member, please download the Alumni Registration form here: firelands-alumni-registration-fillable. You are welcome to email the completed form to [email protected] or mail to:
Jennifer Butchko
Firelands Local Schools
Class of 1986 
112 North Lake Street
South Amherst, OH  44001 
We appreciate your participation in this alumni group. Please follow the Facebook pages of #iAmFirelands and Firelands High School Alumni for additional information on all alumni events.
Alumni News & Notes!
Coming Soon:
Alumni Activities 
Share the Love Alumni Food Drive 2020: Help us assist those in need!  February 2020.
11th Annual All Years Class Reunion:  Will be held at Matus Winery on August 1, 2020!
We want to share your good news! Let us know about graduations, academic accomplishments, military commitments, weddings, births or professional milestones! We are proud of our Falcons and would like to share good news with our community!
Email your news to Jennifer  and we will proudly share it!
Q & A: Community Engagement mtgs

Firelands Residents,

Through our community engagement process, several questions concerning finances, programs, and the future of the district have been brought forth. The following link and information found below represents our good faith attempt to answer the questions we have received:

The Board, Administration, and Staff value your opinions and are seeking direction on the best way to move our District forward. Please feel free to send any questions you may have to Mike Von Gunten, Firelands Superintendent, by emailing him at [email protected] or calling the Board Office at 965-5821.

District Operating Costs
The revenues and expenditures of a school district are divided into many different funds such as; general fund, permanent improvement fund, lunch fund, bond retirement fund and many individual funds for specific state and federal grants. The general fund or “operating fund” is the largest and most important fund of the district.
So what are the districts operating costs? A school district is basically a service organization. We are here to educate the leaders of tomorrow. In order to do that, most of our operating costs are for salaries and benefits to pay the people who perform the services. Teachers of course are the largest portion of this cost, but also needed are the bus drivers to transport the students, the custodians to clean the buildings, administrators and others.
A typical school district spends between 80% and 85% of their operating funds on these salaries and benefits. The remaining 20% of our operating costs includes the heating, lighting, phone service, trash disposal and water for all of our buildings; fuel, tires and maintenance of our buses; the purchase of new buses; soap, toilet paper and cleaning supplies for all of the buildings; textbooks, copy paper and other educational supplies; library books and computer software; annual audit costs for the district; fees to the county auditor for collecting our tax money; and liability and property insurance.
There's something about childhood friends that you just can't replace.
-Lisa Whelchel 
Alumni Updates
The Virtual Commencement of the Class of 2020 can be viewed here.
Thank you to all of the alumni that supported the gifts for the graduating seniors! 
Upcoming Reunions
All Years Class Reunion
August 1, 2020
Matus Winery
6:30 - 12:00 a.m. 
Quick Links
Find Us!
 Firelands Alumni can be found on Facebook.
 The Firelands High School Memorial is also on Facebook.
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