Monday, February 11, 2013

From the...Basement?

This weekend I was reminded why my degrees in education mean nothing when it comes to plumbing. On Friday, I had four balcony tickets to go see Jekyll and Hyde at the high school. I was excited and ready for a relaxing night out. The day and subsequent evening were anything but relaxing as we were pounded by the snowstorm that was called "Nemo" for some reason that I will never figure out. The performance had to be cancelled and two performances were scheduled for Saturday. Not a problem, I thought. I could go to the 2:00 p.m. show and all would be well.  Then I heard and smelled something coming from the back corner of my basement.

It was my sump pump, that thing that protects my "man cave" from peril.  It wouldn't shut off which is not good when there isn't enough water in it to keep pumping. Rats. I rolled up my sleeves and took it apart (I included a picture so you can see what I was wrestling with) and tried to locate the problem. Not a good idea. After a couple of hours, some choice words, some WD-40 and duct tape (always have to use duct tape), it was working well enough for me to feel comfortable again until I could get a qualified plumber to the house!

Bottom line: I missed the show... bummer. Then I received a text from a guy who knew a guy who recorded the performance. Sweet! I will be watching it later today, and I am very excited.  I must have heard a thousand times how well our student performers did and again, I am very proud to be the superintendent where events of this quality happen. Good times!

Winter sports are coming to a close and our student athletes have represented us very well. I have this feeling that at least one of our teams is going to make it to the top. Either way, as long as I see maximum effort, I will be pleased.

A couple of individuals who have stood out are: Connor Grome in wrestling (pictured at right) and Laura Leff in Indoor Track. Connor has the most number of wrestling wins in West Genesee history and Laura Leff is faster than the road runner and will be participating in the very prestigious Millstone Mile. Congratulations!  For a schedule of Sectional events, please head to our website at

Strategic Planning: Last week we conducted our Strategic Planning session. I would like to thank the staff, students, community members, administrators, and the Board of Education for helping us to create our guiding document for the 2013-2014 school year. We are still working on the master document and will make it available when it is finalized. Some of the goals that were added to existing goals are related to providing more support for mathematics. This means exploring how to find students and staff more time in the school day/year to plan and work, and continue to work on ways to keep our schools as safe as possible.

Have a wonderful week. Mine is going to be very, very busy but that is okay, I will be doing what I love.

Take care-