In the last election on Nov. 5, voters throughout the district overwhelmingly renewed our current levy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the voters who came to cast their vote not only for the levy but to also select new members for our school board.
Passage of this levy will allow us to stay on course to improve our educational opportunities for our students and a continual program of maintenance and upgrade of our facilities.
The expansion of educational opportunities for our students has been a priority of the additional funding that comes from this levy. We have sought a well-balanced expansion of courses at the high school that will allow students to pursue their many diverse interests in post-secondary planning. In the past four years we have created College in the Schools (CIS) courses that will allow students to receive college credits in our school. We will continue to expand our vocational offerings for those students pursuing jobs in an ever-increasing job market of technical and manufacturing opportunities, at all levels of this industry.
In addition to the creation of new courses, we have kept our class sizes down across the grade levels, particularly in our elementary grade levels. Small class sizes in these early grades will allow greater academic growth and success of our young students. Although Kindergarten will be fully funded for the first time next year, our district saw this initiative as a priority to start it this year.
Along with expansion of programming, our plan to maintain and improve our buildings and grounds will continue. We will move forward to upgrade our facilities to create a safe, 21st century learning environment for our teaching staff to meet the needs of our students in the ever changing and shifting paradigm of education.
On behalf of the school board, administration, teaching and support staff, and the students of Braham Area Schools, thank you once again for your support.
Gregory A. Winter, Superintendent
Braham Area Schools