Braham Area Schools prepare for September

Superintendent Greg Winter
Superintendent Greg Winter

Gregory A. Winter, Superintendent
Braham Area Schools

As we continue to enjoy some beautiful summer weather after one of the most difficult winters we have had to endure in some time, here at Braham Area Schools we are very busy preparing for the upcoming school year.

Hiring new staff is one of the biggest priorities of any school district as staff retire or move on to other positions.  All new staff that are hired at all levels of the district play an important role in creating a positive and effective learning environment for our students. There will be some upcoming articles on the new staff hired over the summer.  Some of these new staff members have already been on the job over the course of the summer helping in the transition to the new school year.

Many teachers have been busy this summer preparing for the launch of our 1:1 initiative this fall which will occur in grades 6 & 7 this fall. We will also be allowing grades 8-12 to “bring their own devices” (BYOD) to help facilitate their instruction in all of their classes. Along with the 1:1 initiative, the elementary will have an expanded use of iPads for instructional support. The purpose of this expanded use of technology is to support current curriculum in the classroom as well as the use of other developed curriculum within the district. The use of these technologies in a structured classroom environment will better prepare students for their post-secondary education.

With the passage of the levy referendum last fall, we always want to make sure the community is aware of how those funds are being spent. We have another roofing project this summer. This will replace a section of the roofing above the center of the secondary building.

Another major project for this year is the updating of the bathrooms off the main commons in the secondary building. This set of bathrooms have been an issue for some time in terms of their functionality and aesthetics since they are the most used bathrooms in the district.  The renovation to these bathrooms will also make them easier to clean and maintain.

For those that have had an opportunity to visit our school website you will notice a new look to this site.  Over the course of this summer we have been developing our new website to better serve our school and community by offering a better way to find out information about our schools. As we get closer to the start of the school year, make sure to check this site for more information in regard to events occurring throughout the school year.

We are looking forward to the start of the 2014-2015 school year. As the calendar moves into August, be sure to look for all of the information in the mail that will help inform you of all of the events leading up to the start of school on Sept. 2. I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents and community members for the support they give to our schools.

The partnerships we form will allow not only students the success needed in our schools, but also in their post-secondary education.