Superintendent's Message


Cheryl Baker
District Administrator

A sincere welcome to the School District of Abbotsford's new website! The goal with our district website is to provide you with the most up-to-date information about the activities, programs, and 'goings on' of the district. If you have any suggestions for how we can continue to make your experience better, please let us know.

It's beyond belief to have already been here in Abbotsford and serving as the school district's Superintendent for an entire year.  We've accomplished a lot as a team in only one year.  Hopefully you've had an opportunity to read our last Newsletter where many of these accomplishments were highlighted.  However, we never rest on the past, but always strive to improve in all that we do. The summer has actually been quite busy from the perspective of the District Office.  Summer School wrapped up at the end of June, but that's when building projects and regular maintenance kicked into full gear.  Additionally, our technology infrastructure received a much needed face lift. There has virtually been no area of the district untouched by updates, renovations, or improvements.  It's truly an exciting time of year.

Before you know it, teachers will be returning to prepare their classrooms and curriculum for another year.  A key reminder is that we will be hosting an Open House for the parents and their school aged children on Monday, August 21 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Please come in and meet your children's teachers and check out the facilities.  Also, our first athletic code meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 20 at 6:30 PM in the HS Commons.  This meeting is mandatory for any student playing in a Fall sport.  

An extremely important topic being discussed at School Board meetings and Committee meetings is that of whether or not to add classrooms to the Elementary and Middle Schools.  If you're a parent of an elementary student, you've no doubt noticed that classes are being held in converted storage rooms, student academic interventions are being held in hallways and entry ways, and some classes over the past several years have been allowed to get quite large due to the lack of classroom space.  As our student numbers continue to creep upwards, the dilemma is real.  It is our strong belief that the district can fiscally support the addition of classrooms without having to come to the taxpayers through referendum or increase taxes through additional incurred debt.  After studying our fiscal position we believe that by tightening our belts over the course of the next two fiscal years, the district can indeed improve our classroom space issues within its current budget. This is exciting news for all of us as taxpayers and the ramifications for our students and staff are HUGE.  In the near future I will be asking for community input and I hope you will allow your voice to be heard.

In closing, 2017-2018 promises to be another year of growth and innovation.  The district staff takes the education of Abbotsford's children seriously; they commit themselves to this process in innumerable ways each and every day, but most of all, they truly care about your kids.  

Always for the Cause of Children,
 

Cheryl Baker

District Administrator




6/20/2017


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