September 8, 2016
Dear Parents, Staff and Community Members,
Thank you for taking interest in your school district. We are excited to share all the exciting news about our district. This is the beginning of a new era for us with new and remodeled facilities along with new administrators to complete our dynamic administrative team!
We are very excited about the “continuous improvement” journey we are on in all facets of the district. This year we have accomplished the improvement of our elementary, intermediate and middle school facilities. These new learning spaces will be safer and provide a wide variety of learning experiences for students and staff. We will continue to improve the learning spaces in the high school in the future.
We are very excited to be adding a Fab Lab (Fabrication Lab) as a result of a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). This Fab Lab is located in the former multi-purpose room of the former elementary school. With our Fab Lab we will be able to offer a wide array of opportunities to student in grades 4 – 12 in design, engineering and fabrication. It is our hope that these learning experiences will transfer to workforce and higher education opportunities.
With the new addition, the district office was able to move back into the campus for efficiency. This freed up the house which was our temporary quarters. We have used the house as the new home for a much-needed Alternative Education Program for our high school students. This program will offer alternative programing for students who, for many reasons, are not successful in the traditional high school.
Our new, Altoona Elementary School, came in on time and under budget! We are finishing up projects on the campus remodeling project and are anxiously awaiting final numbers to determine how much money remains from the referendum. Although we tackled many, much-needed deferred maintenance issues with the referendum, there is still a long list of items to be addressed. After the final numbers come in from the remodeling we will be able to determine what other projects we can address with the remaining dollars.
As a district we are proud that we are in good financial condition. With the passing of the referendum we have been able to make many necessary improvements to our facilities and we are very appreciative of your support. I hope you were able to stop by the Open House for the new elementary school to see how beautifully it turned out! We will be having an Open House for the remodeling of the main campus and new addition as soon as everything is completed. I hope you will stop in to see these changes as well.
One of the reasons our district is on such a positive trajectory is due to the guidance of our School Board. We are fortunate to have a school board who is dedicated to our students and the community. Our board members always make their decisions based on what is best for students and what will move the district forward. In that regard, later this year we will begin work on the revision of our strategic plan. The plan is a roadmap for the district on goals to be accomplished not only this year but in years to come. We will be asking for community members who would like to be on focus groups to share their input on this important work. I hope you will consider this opportunity to contribute to the future of our school district.
Dr. Connie M. Biedron
“Proud to be a Railroader”
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”