SUPERINTENDENT - LETTER TO COMMUNITY
Dear Barker Learning Community,
It is amazing how fast the summer has flown by between the graduation of our 111th class and the start of the 112th school year of the Barker Central School District. This year is going to be one of our best ever and I can’t wait to see all of our students riding busses to school and walking through our doors on September 6th.
We have so many great things that have been going on here at school and that will continue on throughout the next couple years. First, our capital improvements are moving along very well and we are just about done with our major design work. You can find the most up-to-date versions of the designs on our district webpage under the title ‘Capital Project.’ Our designs have been developed over the last 6 months with various input from many sources and we think what is shown in these drawings will be fantastic improvements for our students and larger community. As I have noted before, the work will occur in two distinct phases. The first phase will see our exterior work, including the multipurpose athletic field, parking lots, and some window replacement, beginning February or March of 2024. We currently expect most aspects of the exterior work done before school starts in the fall of 2024. The second phase will see our interior work begin in May or June of 2024 with completion of all areas of that work not complete until around August 2025. There are a lot of moving parts in this project and our goal is to have as little impact upon daily instruction as possible. We are confident that all the changes coming will have a long-lasting impact on our entire student body and community and we can’t wait for these exciting changes to be completed.
I also want to thank our entire community for the thoughtful feedback and input related to the continued efforts in finding a new name and mascot for Barker. This process was not one that we expected to have to do, but it is clear that the love for Barker continues to shine through. We are in the final stages of determining our new name now and we hope to have it finalized very soon.
As always, you can find a lot of information about the District on our website at www.barkercsd.net. Please note the website has undergone a facelift. We hope the new layout is easier to navigate and find information for all of our community.
The coming school year is going to be a fantastic year and I am looking forward to another great year.
Jacob L. Reimer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools