By Superintendent Wayne Weber
It’s been a busy late spring and summer! We all know that change is inevitable. While we can’t control it, we can control is our attitude towards change. As I wrote in my last article, the end of each year is bittersweet. I’m sad to see another year pass by, but excited for what the new school year brings.
Each school year is the beginning of a new phase with new faces, both student and staff. By my count, we will have nine new teachers and six new support staff in the district when our doors open September 1. We wish those staff members who left us well, and are excited to welcome our new staff members. We look forward to the benefit their knowledge and experience bring.
As is true in all school systems, summer is a time for buildings to be cleaned and refreshed. It’s also time for larger building maintenance projects to be addressed. It’s always exciting to watch the transformation that happens to our classrooms and facilities throughout the summer thanks to the hard work by our custodial and maintenance staff.
A couple of big improvements that happened this summer include the repair and reseal of the parking lots at all four district buildings. This isn’t done for merely cosmetic reasons. Rather it is an investment in keeping our parking lots in good condition for years to come. Another upgrade was the much needed remodel of the Brandon School kitchen and cafeteria areas. Through this remodel process, we have improved the energy efficiency, safety, and security of those areas.
Additionally this summer, the Board embarked on a plan of updating our facility infrastructure and operational efficiency while improving the learning environment for our students. The first and most noticeable phase of this focus is the upgrading of the interior and exterior lighting which will be taking place over the next few months.
These are just a few of the many changes we will continue to see in the District this upcoming year. Throughout all these changes, one thing remains the same--the commitment of the school board, administrators, teaching staff, and support staff to provide our children with the best learning opportunities possible. We welcome the 2017-2018 school year with open arms!