Supt./Bond Issue

Season of Giving - December 2017

Picture of snowflakes and trees

As we enter the holiday season, I reflect back on how fortunate we are to live in Bath. This community is a great supporter of our schools whenever a need arises. For example, prior to the passage of the Bond Issue last May, numerous individuals in the community volunteered hours of their time to sit on committees to evaluate the proposed scope of the project. Others attended Community Forums, completed surveys, and provided input to the development of the proposed project. After the voters decided to proceed with the project, we have been working with C2AE (architects) and the Christman Company (construction managers) to finalize our plans and designs. We hope to have all aspects of the project out for bid in January 2018, at which time I will be giving an update.  A special thanks to all the volunteers who helped formulate and prepare for our Bond Issue.

Our school district is not the only recipient of our communities’ goodwill, as the citizens of Bath rally around families facing difficult challenges on an ongoing basis. The high school students and staff raised an amazing $5,500 for families during the Week of Giving. In addition, the high school and middle school coordinated a food pantry.  With the help of parents, our elementary school implemented a program to provide food at the weekend for students in need. District employees recently participated in raising funds to help support Old Newsboys, a local organization that provides shoes to our students in need. These are just a few examples of the kindness shown by members of this community. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in these activities.

May you all enjoy a wonderful holiday season and may you find some time to build memories with your children and families. Playing in the snow, reading a book, enjoying a relaxing family game, etc., are all excellent ways to build those strong connections with your family and create lasting memories.

Happy Holidays,

Jake Huffman

Superintendent's Letter to Parents/Guardians - August 2017

Parent and children watching eclipse

A trip out West last week with my family to visit relatives and view the total solar eclipse reminded me of our dutto 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 (jhuffman@bathschools.net)

Superintendent Update - May 2017

Middle School Mural of Tree Swing Bees and Hive
At our May election, voters decided by a 73% majority to support the passing of the bond proposal. We are currently working on the final scope of the project, anticipating the solicitation of construction bids by early winter and breaking ground by April 2018. Additionally, technology and bus related bids will be addressed this summer. As we move forward in the process, updates will be made available via the website and other school publications. Our district is very excited about the new opportunities being given to our students and families. It is great to live in such a supportive community.

Soon summer break will be here (last day of school is June 9th) and families will be enjoying the outdoors on a more regular basis. With the warmer weather approaching, it is important for individuals to take measures to prevent exposure to ticks. Now through September is the season for ticks and parents should take steps to prevent their bites. Growing up in Northern Michigan and having lived in the Western Upper Peninsula, I have experienced the nuisance of ticks. We seem to be experiencing an increase in their numbers this spring and there are some precautions we should adhere to. Below are a few recommended strategies from the Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHHS) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Avoid tick infested areas and walk in the center of trails (e.g., avoid areas of tall grass/weeds)
  • Use insect repellent
  • Perform daily tick checks
  • Bathe or shower as soon as coming indoors (especially when in areas of tall grass/weeds
Treating the school grounds was explored, however we determined that the cost and exposure to pesticides was not worth the benefit.

Have a great summer enjoying your families and all that Michigan’s great outdoors has to offer.

Proud to be a Fighting Bee,
Jake
jhuffman@bathschools.net
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