While it still might feel like summer outside, that back to school time of year is already upon us. We have enjoyed a hot, dry summer and I hope that you all had the chance to make many great memories with your family and friends. But now it is time to turn our thoughts to the upcoming 2018-19 school year and all that it will hold for us. As students, teachers and administrators, we are at the beginning of yet another opportunity to learn and grow in many ways. Every new school year offers the unique opportunity for new and valuable learning experiences.
We will kick off this new school year with buildings that have been cleaned and shined by our custodial crews and maintained by our maintenance staff in preparation for the arrival of all of our students and staff. I want to thank them for their hard work and dedication over the summer, and throughout the year, in making our district a clean and healthy place to learn.
I would like to welcome our new employees and the new families to the district. We have several new staff members that have joined our team for the upcoming school year. This summer we registered over 150 new students to our schools. We will begin the year with just over 3,000 students in the district.
Our teachers have been working hard getting ready for the new school year. They spent time this summer organizing their rooms and preparing lesson plans. The classrooms look fantastic and will be a very welcoming place for our students. Thank you also to our building administrators and secretaries for their work getting everything ready for a smooth start to the school year. We have a very dedicated staff that is always ready to pitch in when needed.
Our athletes are already on the fields and eager for their seasons to begin. The fall sports season will be in full swing shortly and I anticipate another great season. You will notice that our turf and track has been replaced over the summer at Veterans Stadium. The new facility is beautiful and the new surfaces provide a safe place for our athletes to compete. This project was completed on time and on budget and will be available for use by our sports teams for the fall season. It always makes me proud to see our athletes represent our community with their sportsmanship and talent. Our community members have been very supportive of our athletic teams and I’m sure this season will be no different. What a great opportunity for our students to showcase their athletic abilities.
As the school year begins, I would like to wish all of our students and families “good luck” in all of their endeavors. Our students are extremely involved in our school activities whether it is in the arts, clubs, philanthropic projects or sports. It will be exciting to see where the year takes us.
As always, I welcome questions and comments and my office is always open. I feel it is important as superintendent to gain feedback in order to move our district forward. I am eager to start another school year and can’t wait to see all of our achievements.