Barker Central School DistrictBarker, NY 14012
It’s hard to believe that we are almost half way through the school year already. It seems like just yesterday that the last edition of The Banner was sent out to homes right before the start of school. It is impressive to see all that we have done so far this year though. Take some time to sift through the pages of this edition of The Banner to see all of the things our students have accomplished so far. It truly is amazing what they do every day.
As you may know, the District has begun to develop a long term strategic plan that will help guide our District into the future. This process began in late summer/early fall and will conclude sometime in late spring. Each step of the way we have been asking for input from various stakeholder groups including staff, students and community members. So far we have identified our core values and we are currently working on aligning our District Mission and Vision to our core values. The next steps, which will be done throughout the winter and spring will include identifying 5-year goals and developing plans to achieve those goals. This work is not easy and it takes time to do well. If you have any questions about the process or would like to participate in any way, check the District website periodically for details or feel free to contact me at any time.
So far to date we have not had any serious inclement weather but we all know that will change soon living here in Western New York. We will continue to utilize all of our resources to keep our community informed of closures and other changes to the availability of school facilities through our website, social media, our mass notification phone system, and our local news resources. Notifications of closures, delays, and cancellations are posted as soon as the decision is made to each of these resources. If there is a threat of inclement weather, please pay close attention to any of the above methods of communication so you can be informed as soon as possible of any changes that affect you.
On a final note, we are now heading into budget season! The Board of Education, administration and staff are working hard to put together an effective and efficient spending plan. Please be assured that we will leave no stone unturned and we will continue to find new ways to save taxpayers money while continuing to provide the best possible education for our students. If you have some time, go to the District website and peruse the budget information that will be posted periodically throughout the budget season as well as the historical information related to our finances.
I hope you have a great 2019!