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I hope you have enjoyed a beautiful summer and have found time to unwind, reflect, and reenergize with family and friends. Summer is always a busy time for Lancaster CSD and the summer of 2018 was no different. The following is a synopsis of some of the ways we have moved forward the last couple months in preparation for almost 6,000 excited young people to board our busses and to come through our schoolhouse doors. I can’t wait! It’s going to be another great year!
As a school district, one of our most important roles is to attract, hire, and to retain the best teachers, administrators, and staff as possible. This process is arduous, but exemplifies a true team effort. Teachers and administrators work together to screen and interview candidates, coordinate and evaluate teaching demonstrations and/or presentations, etc. I want to thank all those who volunteered their time to be a part of these hiring committees and the hiring process. They and I believe these individuals will help the district to become better while adding to the culture of their respective schools and positions. I know you will all join me in extending the warmest Lancaster welcome to the newest additions to our staff.
Summer curriculum work engaged teachers in every discipline from kindergarten through grade 12. A record number of teachers worked on a record number of summer curriculum projects geared toward increasing student learning while collaborating to align both horizontally and vertically.
While our fifth-consecutive summer of construction seemed kind of quiet compared to the last four years, work and continuous improvement did not stop. Here in Lancaster, quiet doesn't mean large, noticeable changes!
On the last day of school, bus drivers left their buses at the transportation department's new home at 4082 Walden Avenue. Since the first week of July, the department has moved in and is fully functioning at their new space.
At the high school, the most notable improvements are the completion of the renovations to the north gym area, creating an improved main gymnasium and physical education and athletic complex at the north end of the building. And then there's the moment all high school students and staff have been waiting for, the expansion of the north parking lot into the old bus parking lot, creating more than 200 more parking spaces for students, athletic contests, music performances, open house, budget votes, and other academic and community events.
I want to thank all of the faculty and staff who have been flexible and understanding throughout our 6 consecutive years of construction and have provided input and suggestions on construction needs, designs, and logistics. Moreover, a shout out to our building and grounds staff who have worked this summer getting our buildings, fields, stages, classrooms, and other facilities ready for us to roll in September.
This year, you will see an enhanced focus on the safety and security of our schools, students, and staff. Since 2013, the district has taken on an aggressive plan to increase security through numerous capital improvements, procedure updates, drills, and new protocols. This year, the Board has committed $500,000 in this year's budget to safety initiatives and several district stakeholders have committed many hours of time to this important initiative. Building walkthroughs were completed this past spring and we are prioritizing what can be done to take security at each building to the next level.
Michael J. Vallely, Ph.D.
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