- Superintendents Desk
We have made it through some brutally cold winter weather for the past several weeks and now we are getting ready to release students for Christmas break. The first semester has gone well for the district and I am looking forward to the second semester. Take time to enjoy the holiday break and I invite you to come and see all of our students perform either on the athletic field or to any of our fine arts events. You can find all of the information regarding activities in the district by visiting our district’s website – www.atlanticiaschools.org.
The district hosted the mobile food pantry at the high school on December 7th and it was well attended. I would like to thank DeeAnn Schreiner, our district's food service director for setting this up for the community and handling all of the logistics that help to make the mobile food pantry successful. I would also like to thank the many volunteers who gave up their time to help set up the event, hand out food or that helped carry boxes of food for families back to their vehicles. Without your help, the district would be unable to provide this event for the community.
At the December School Board meeting, the board approved the architectural contracts for Design Alliance and FRK Architects and Engineers. Design Alliance will focus their work on refining their conceptual drawings for expanding instructional space at all of the district buildings and getting cost estimates to the board for each of the proposed projects. FRK Architects and Engineers will be focusing on refining the conceptual drawings for all of the district's athletic facilities. These refined drawings will be brought back to the board in mid-January or early February. The School Board also is investigating options on a possible facility to house expanded career-tech educational (CTE) programs. Over the past several years, the previous board and the current board have had discussions on how to expand CTE opportunities for students in the district. I am currently working with a consortium of local superintendents through an Iowa West Foundation grant to research the possibility for a regional technical high school to provide expanded CTE opportunities for in the region. Also, a number of local business have come forward and voiced their financial support to assist the district in expanding CTE programs for students. I believe this a great opportunity for the district, working with our local businesses to address this need.
Please remember that the district will dismiss two hours early on Wednesday, December 21 for the break. I hope that everyone has a safe and restful Christmas holiday and that you have an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. When we return back to school in January, please remember that inclement weather can impact the district's schedule, remember to tune in to our local radio stations, television stations, the district's website and to texts and emails from JMC, our student information system for any changes in school schedules during inclement weather. Please take the time to read a book with your children. I ask that you please continue to support the Washington/Schuler PTO, the Atlantic Booster Club and the Atlantic Education Foundation. If you have ideas to help the school district continually improve, I invite you to give me a call at 243-4252 or come by and visit with me in my office. Go Trojans!
The Atlantic Community School District will prepare all learners to be creative, innovative and productive citizens by providing diverse opportunities to learn and apply relevant skills and knowledge in a positive, disciplined and challenging environment.