I am so excited to write my 10th fall column for
this newsletter. I cannot believe this is my 10th year here at
Fairbanks. Things have changed so much and I could not be prouder of our kids
and district. We are in the 2nd year of our 1:1 initiative. Grades
2-6 and 9-10 are now fully 1:1 and our students and staff have really worked
hard to change the way we instruct and learn. Our administrative team is also
being trained in leadership in blended learning so that we can understand and
support our incredible teaching staff through this process. It is a challenging
yet exciting time to be an educator and student. Although the other grade
levels are not fully 1:1 they are doing a lot of blended learning with the resources
I have potentially good news to report legislatively. As most of you who read this column regularly, know that I work hard to work with our legislators to have good sense legislature. There is a new bill, SB216, that moves the needle in a positive direction to give back some local control to districts. I encourage you to contact Senator Burke at (614) 466-8049 and Representative Pelanda at (614) 466-8147 and tell them that we support SB216. I hope all of you know that your calls really make a difference and when they get several calls on the same topic, they take notice. This bill would help schools have more flexibility without costing the state or local district any money.
This election cycle we will have at least two new board of
education members as two of our current members have chosen not to return. I
look forward to working with the new board as we continue to tackle the age and
condition of our current middle and high schools along with the growth of the
district and county.
I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year.
In Panther Pride,
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