Superintendent's Message, Feb. 1, 2020

  • Dr. Ian B. Saltzman

    Dear friends,

    Something for everyone.

    That is what the April 2020 bond is all about. Every school at every level in our district will be benefitting if this bond passes. The community created this bond package, spending eight months investigating the needs in the district, the costs of projects, and balancing the projects throughout the district at all grade levels, while being mindful of tax implications.

    The 2020 capital projects bond prepares our students for the future by increasing safety and security, providing facilities and tools for STEM and career pathways, increasing space to learn and adding classrooms as well as repairing aging systems in our schools like HVAC, roofing and flooring.

    All schools will be getting new locksets and keying systems, which among other things, allow teachers to lock their classroom doors from the inside in case of emergency, keeping them from having to enter the hallway to lock their doors. All schools will also be receiving an upgrade to technology infrastructure and student information systems. Other projects are school-specific. You can see the entire list of projects included in the bond proposal and see which ones impact your local school.

    The great news is all $317.4 million worth of projects can be completed with an overall decrease in your school district tax rate. Please read more and be informed, and don’t forget to vote in April!

    In the meantime, a couple of important things to remember in February:

    • There is no school on February 17-18 for mid-winter break, including Presidents Day.
    • In February we also celebrate Black History Month, Career and Technical Education Month and School Counselor Week: February 3-7.

    Thank you for the support you provide our students and our schools.

    Dr. Ian B. Saltzman, Superintendent