Friday, September 6, 2013
Great First Week!
I would like to thank everyone for a wonderful opening week. Parents, students, and staff were patient, upbeat, and positive as we worked through some of the usual growing pains of starting a new school year. Transportation is settling down as drivers know who they are picking up, where they go, and the best ways to complete their bus runs. This will get even more refined in the coming week.
We Have an App for That: Have you downloaded our app yet? To date approximately 1,400 parents and students are using the app. You can check schedules, grades, lunch account balances, sports scores, events calendars, and much more. For more information about the app and how to download it, click here.
Progress We Have Made: If you have been following our progress since my arrival in 2008, you know that we have worked successfully through some pretty challenging times. We had to lay off staff, freeze wages, change offerings, and share services in order to weather the economic storm that we were faced with. With your support we were able to navigate that difficult time and we have stabilized and are working in a positive direction once again. We went from hiring four people in 2010, to 82 people this school year. We have kept our taxes well below the "tax cap" for West Genesee, and we have continued to find academic, fine art, and athletic success.
Since our resources were previously limited, the next phase of our plan is to work through a Capital Project that will take care of some of our needs and provide for future considerations. This link will take you to a very brief presentation about the highlights of the project we are proposing. I am also going to dedicate a blog to the project where I will explain each category (security, technology, repair, energy efficiency, general maintenance, and reserve funding) in much more detail. I will release that next week so that everyone has all of the facts and details as we lead up to a project vote on November 12. I will also outline dates when I will present the project in person and answer any questions.
I am out of town this weekend, so best of luck to our sports teams and Marching Band as they head into their first games and competitions! I will be checking the app and Twitter (@cbrownwgcsd) for updates!