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The Superintendent of Schools shall strive to achieve District goals for students by providing educational direction and supervision to the professional staff and supervision to the non-teaching staff and by acting as a proper model for staff and students both in the school and outside the District.

The Superintendent of Schools is the chief executive and administrative officer of the Board. The Superintendent reports directly to the Board, has all powers and duties imposed upon the office by statute, and has all executive and administrative powers and duties in connection with the overall operation of the school which are not required by statute to be exercised directly by the Board or some other officer. The Superintendent exercises leadership through school administrators who comprise the Leadership Team.

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Families,

Welcome back to the 2017-18 school year! We hope you enjoyed the hot summer days and time with family and friends. We are eager to welcome you back to school. During the last few months, our teachers have been planning, participating in professional development and getting ready to provide your students with exciting learning opportunities, and our maintenance and custodial staff have been busy with general facility and equipment maintenance and repairs, doing a thorough cleaning of all buildings. We are ready to start school!

As we look forward to the 2017-18 school year, you will see new faces in staff and students, new ideas, and new courses. District-wide we will continue to focus on our STEM program (Strategies That Engage Minds) and continue to work on creating Project Based Learning (PBL) Activities, while incorporating the skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity in every lesson. The middle school and high school will start its Engineering (Robotics) program, and the high school will start its Insurance/ Risk Management program.

These skill sets and programs are key to preparing students for college, career, and life readiness.

The Curriculum and Technology Department is ready for the 1:1 Chromebook distribution for grades 6-12. Around 2000 Chromebooks will be distributed to students at the start of school. This is the first full year for 1:1 Chromebooks for students. I want to ensure people that the 1:1 program is not designed to be a 24/7 online program. The Chromebooks are there to enhance, enrich, and engage students in the learning process. Teachers are still the most valuable assets to student growth and achievement, and no electronic device can replace the interaction between them.

The high school renovation and addition project is under way. We will spend the next few months in the design phase, and construction will hopefully start in the summer of 2018. We will have a community meeting in the near future to allow feedback on the new addition.

To help our families prepare, this newsletter will give you all the essential information you need for a smooth start. We look forward to partnering with you to ensure this is a successful, productive, monumental year for all of our students. Again, welcome back and let’s make it a great year!

Respectfully,

Jim Sotlar, Superintendent

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