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Column - Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns

Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns

Giving Thanks

As 2018 nears its end, we look forward to the upcoming holidays and special gatherings with family and friends.  Traditionally many of us reflect back on the year in review and give thanks for the gifts we have received, including gifts of support, from those around us.

With this in mind, I would like to share the appreciation of the entire district to our residents for the care and concern that underlined the successful passage of our recent safety and security bond proposal.

Community was at the heart of the bond proposal from the start.  Parents and residents alike came forward with their concerns for the safety and security of our children.  Our Board of Education’s swift and unanimous action placed the matter before voters this fall.

And so the community-led bond proposal, approved by voters on November 6, will not only address safety and security, but it will also support infrastructure projects identified as part of the district’s long-range improvement program, and provide technology for our classrooms.

Already our district is moving forward on the projects identified. We are currently developing timelines, specifications and bid documents to make these projects a reality. We anticipate issuing bonds after the first of the year.

Shortly, we will be sharing additional information on the specific improvements so that taxpayers can see that our district will continue to be a strong fiscal steward of the investment they make in their schools.  We will be making available a dedicated bond project website, as well as listing school projects on their individual websites.

Our community’s support reflects a long legacy of residents working together to build stronger schools and neighborhoods. It is this commitment to service, and to each other, that we continue to nurture every day in our classrooms.

This season alone, there are nearly 200 community service projects happening at schools throughout the district to support those in need.  From canned food drives, to a community-wide partnership for coat donations, mitten and hat trees, to Marine Corp Toys for Tots collection sites, the array of drives being held at our schools mirrors the diversity within them.

The next generation of givers are embracing these drives and demonstrating the same level of care and commitment they see modeled in the adults in our community every day.  It is another important way that we continue to build upon the legacy of excellence that defines Utica Community Schools.

Thank you again for your continued support of our students.  We look forward to the New Year ahead and building upon the heritage and legacy that is Utica Community Schools.

Best wishes to you and yours for a safe and healthy holiday season.

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