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Barker Central School District
Barker, NY 14012

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Dear Residents,
On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, we will welcome an anticipated 750 students from Pre-K to Grade 12. Students in Grades 7-12 will be introduced to the new Jr./Sr. High School Principal, Mr. Michael Carter. Other new staff appointments include Mr. Tyler Evans (Secondary Science), Mrs. Andrea Merchant (ENL and Spanish) and Miss Aileen Hinton (Elementary Education). Miss Hinton served as a Teaching Assistant this past year.

Preparing for the students arrival is no easy undertaking. This is especially true considering the various larger scale capital improvement projects. In addition to the installation of a new roof on the high school, the pool and elementary gym, other projects were also completed. Three main entrances to the building were renovated. Rather than a step at the multi-door entrance of the high school gym, an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramp was constructed, which will accommodate wheelchair access and other physical limitations. Additionally, a new sidewalk at the elementary school will provide a more uniform and safe walkway, and concrete work at the middle school entrance will now provide for sufficient drainage. Replacement of several exterior doors and new lockers in the high school boys’ and girls’ locker rooms complete the major improvements. Our compliments go to the central services staff; despite the need to accommodate the extensive renovation projects, their efforts have ensured that the school building and grounds are ready for opening day.

The school campus has been particularly active also through various academic, music and recreational programs. Nearly 250 students registered for the summer recreation program, and the summer enrichment activities at the elementary school provided reading and writing instruction to almost 80 students. The athletic fields, despite the excessive rain, served as host to the summer soccer program, the community baseball league and various sports camps. We are proud to have the school district support so many district and community–based programs during the summer and throughout the school year. 

The Fall edition of the Adult Education Program begins on page 15. You will note a wide variety of programs available. New offerings include Greeting Cards classes. If you would like to share a special hobby or interest by serving as an instructor, please email Jim Cantella at: jcantella@barkercsd.net. 

In addition, a complimentary school calendar has been mailed to student homes. Other District residents may receive a school calendar upon request. The 2017–2018 school calendar is one way to learn of important dates and events. For the most current information, please visit the District’s website at: www.barkercsd.net. 

Along with the school board and faculty, I thank you for your support of the district’s role in providing quality programs, services and other exciting learning experiences for the students and community members of the Barker Central School District.



Dr. Roger J. Klatt