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A Message from the Board of Education

A Message from the Board of Education
Dear Resident:
The opening of school is always marked with great anticipation and much excitement about the new year. From our very youngest at Goosehill to our incoming seniors at the Jr./Sr. High School, students returned to the classroom, enthusiastic and eager to begin anew. As the summer came to an end, September began with a flurry of activity; new grade levels and courses of study, the start of co-curricular clubs and athletic teams, and a time to reacquaint with all those we had not seen.
Several new faces greeted children, including a new Principal at West Side School, an Assistant Principal at the Jr./Sr. High School, a Director of Guidance, and a Director of STEM. We are so very fortunate to have these talented educators join our dedicated school community and look forward to working with them for many years to come. If you have not already, please take a few moments to meet and learn more about them in the days and weeks ahead.
This school year brings another exciting opportunity for our community. After a year of planning, the Board of Education voted at their September 10th meeting to authorize a bond vote on Tuesday, November 19th. The scope of work for this $34,425,000 project, which will be funded by a $33,200,000 bond and $1,225,000 from the district’s capital reserve fund, will support enhancing safety and security, expanding academic opportunities, and preserving and improving facilities to meet the needs of our children, now and into the future. As the new debt will replace existing expiring debt, the bond will be tax levy neutral with no additional cost to taxpayers. Included in the plan is a newly constructed science learning center, at the Jr./Sr. High School, with four science classrooms and a marine wet lab, featuring our coral reef project. In addition, a wing of the building will be reconstructed to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.)
To learn more about the projects at each of the schools, please attend our bond forum on November 12th at 8 p.m. A voter information guide will also be mailed to all residents in early November, and full details may be found on the district website.
We have accomplished so much, but, as you can see, there is still so much more to do. On behalf of the Board of Education, I wish each of you a happy, healthy, and productive school year!

Anthony Paolano
President, Board of Education

(front row) Board of Education members: Amelia Brogan, Anthony Paolano, Ingrid Wright (back row) Julie Starrett, Mark McAteer, Mark Freidberg, Janice Elkin.