Superintendent - Letter to Community
Dear Barker Learning Community,
One hundred and eleven…111! That is a fun number to write and it is also amazing to know that this is the start of our 111th school year here in Barker! I know I have said this before, but I have never been more excited to start a school year than this year. Two and a half years of living within the Covid pandemic finally looks to be behind us and we are planning to start this year as we did three years ago.
As of the writing of this Banner, it really does look like we are going to be able to operate as we traditionally have in the past. However, remember than anything can change at a moment’s notice. No matter what happens though, please be assured that we will maintain the same, safe learning environment for all of our students, staff, and community throughout the year.
We have been diligently preparing for the upcoming year. Staff have been in the building over the summer preparing and updating curriculum for the upcoming year. We have been hiring new staff who will be providing our District with various supports, services, instruction, and administration. Michelle Kramp-Richards will be providing Speech services to some of our students, Brianna Clark has been hired as a new Physical Education/Health teacher, Kristine Kingsbury will be our new Coordinator of Curriculum and Professional Learning/Assistant Principal, and we are in the process of hiring a new Social Studies teacher and Director of Instructional Services. I am extremely confident that all our new staff and the work we have put in over the summer are going to do wonderful things toward meeting the academic and other needs of our students and greater community.
Next, I wanted to thank the entire community for your overall support for the District. The 2021-22 school year was the first in nearly a decade to end without a fiscal deficit. This was no small feat and was only possible through the hard work of our entire school and greater learning community. Our Budget Advisory Committee, comprised of volunteer community members, met consistently through the winter months to continue refining the long term fiscal plan to ensure stability for the District well into the future. The financial planning this group has undertaken is coming to fruition and we are now in a place where we can continue building and improving all aspects of our District. More information will be forthcoming about some of these plans in the near future.
Lastly, I wanted to ask all of you to take a few minutes to look through this Banner and see some of the amazing things our students and staff do. What is in these pages is just the tip of the iceberg and does not show even a sliver of all that goes on. I continue to be amazed at all the great things our kids do, from the classroom, to the stage, to the courts, and in the community. There truly is no place like Barker.
I look forward to seeing all of our kids, families and staff in short time!
Please continue to stay safe and healthy!
Mr. Jacob Reimer