Dear Students, Parents, Staff and Community Members,
Happy NewYear! Yes, you heard me correctly; July 1st signifies the start of a new school year. It is when we officially close the books on the old and bring in the new. With the coming new year our District will face many challenges and opportunities for greatness. So with that being said let’s discuss some of the things that we know about the new year already;
1. Taxes will increase - The Board has approved a 4 mil tax increase that will be utilized to improve the general operations, safety and security, and mechanical systems in the District. If you would like to see what the proposed projects are please stop by and see us. We would love to discuss these with you. No, turf is not on the project list! Mr. Henwood, our Board President, has made it clear that money for turf will be raised from fundraising and community/business donations.
2. Changes in the Curriculum – We have added some honors courses and other student interest courses into the curriculum. There will be a focus on “Differentiation of Instruction” where we provide instruction to students at their appropriate ability levels. We will also be concentration a great deal more on unity.
3. Focus on Technology – We will continue to focus on technology, but really examine the way that technology is utilized in the classroom to support instruction. Mr. Scurpa and the principals will be working in collaboration with our staff to ensure various educational technology progress and hardware to best meet the needs of our students.
4. Parent Involvement is Key – Your involvement at all levels is desperately needed; whether it is on a District-wide committee (Technology, Wellness, etc.), attending the District Parent Council Meetings (meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM, starting in August), attending Special Education Parent Group Meetings, attending PTO Meetings, Building-Level Support Meetings (High School/Middle School), joining the Boosters or just attending your child’s events, you are welcomed and we look forward to seeing you!
I hope that the new school year means that we all start with a “clean slate.” If you have had problems in the past, call me and let’s talk (724-962-8300 ext. 4104 or cell 724-919-2059). Your child’s success and safety are our main goals. If last year was a great one, then let’s work together to make it happen again!
Yours in Blue Devil Pride!
Dr. Brad Ferko