Of all of the times during the School year, the Spring is my favorite time. Sure, I really like the beginning of the new schoolyear because it always seems like students are so eager to return to school. You get a chance to see everyone in their new school clothes and you also have an opportunity to see last year’s Juniors that are now Seniors and are impatiently waiting for the end of the year and transition to post-secondary life.
The spring is the time when there is a realization that the end of the school year is here and with it comes the end of the time in High School for our Seniors. This is a special group of Seniors that have brought great pride to the District and the community, whether it is in the classroom, in the performing arts or on the athletic fields, this group of seniors has left an excellent legacy for the students in the grade levels that follow. I wish all of them the best of luck as they continue on with their chosen destinies and hope that we have prepared them for the challenges ahead.
For the students in the younger grades, some will be going through transitional years next year and will have the challenges of a new school and new opportunities. It is with great optimism that we look forward to the future with these students, as we examine opportunities that are presented to us based on the large loan that we have taken out to improve our school. In case you did not hear, the District recently took an 8.2 million dollar bond issue in order to make improvements throughout the School District. Approximately $1.1 million will be used to upgrade the field house, while an additional $5.8 million will be used for upgrades. There have been many projects discussed that are long overdue in being addressed; MS lockers, parking lots, security issues, PA system and clocks. However, we are examining the possibility of adding a space for Maker Spaces that can be used by both students in the High School and Middle School. What is a maker space you say? A maker space is an area where students are able to either take a stand-alone class or support a class that they are currently taking, focusing on allowing students to develop projects and solve problems using critical thinking skills through creativity. Our next District Parent Council will discuss the use of maker spaces and how they will be used to educate our children, the date is Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Conference Room. I hope to see you there!
This is why spring is my favorite time of the year, it is when we say good bye to the current school year and welcome new ideas and initiatives that will help our new group of students excel!!
Dr. Brad Ferko