A trip out West last week with my family to visit relatives and view the total solar eclipse reminded me of our duty to our students to continually teach them about exploring the world in which we live. Although the eclipse lasted only a short time, it will be studied for years to come. Fostering scientific exploration in our students enables them to make informed decisions and better choices about the world we live in. Given the opportunity in April 2024, I encourage you to consider traveling to the next total solar eclipse that will pass through Ohio, as close as Toledo.
Over the summer, and due in large part to the Bond Issue that was passed by voters in May, many changes have happened around the District. Monies allocated for Technology purchases for Phase I of the Bond Project 2017 have been spent and equipment received for the start of the 2017/2018 school year. Two new busses and cameras for the busses have been purchased and pre-transition work for switching to our new phone system has been completed. The anticipated cut over to the new system is scheduled for September 1st and we anticipate a smooth transition. Our architects (C2ae) and construction managers (Christman) have been meeting with parents, staff and community members over the last few months to finalize the design and development of the project. We hope to break ground in April 2018. More meetings are scheduled for September and I will post updates as progress is made.
Other work that has been completed recently include carpeting in the Auditorium, putting in a soccer field behind the middle school, and high school door replacements. Our technology department has secured 550 Chromebooks & 120 iPads and are working to incorporate them into the classrooms. The custodial / maintenance employees have painted, cleaned, and waxed floors, all in preparation for the return of our
students and staff.
We bid farewell to our retirees Stephanie Knapp and Cathie Wood, as well as other staff members who left to pursue other endeavors. Each of these individuals has left a legacy that will be remembered for years to come. Page 4 of the newsletter lists some of our staff changes and new staff members. Tom Louks will be beginning his new role as the part-time ES Assistant Principal and we welcome aboard all our new employees.
I am looking forward to a great school year and to connecting with all our wonderful students, families, and staff!
Proud to be a Fighting Bee, Jake (firstname.lastname@example.org)