Greetings everyone, I hope your Friday is off to a good start. Sounds like we're gearing up for another nice weekend. Enjoy!
Let me start by saying I'm fortunate to work in such a great school district! There are so many accomplishments that it is hard to keep up. Just this week:
We are making good progress with the Long Range Facilities Master Plan Study and it is beginning to get exciting. On Tuesday night the Steering Committee had their last meeting prior to seeking additional feedback. Over the course of the next several weeks you will have an opportunity to learn about the process, the needs, recommendations, costs and provide feedback. Once we have collected all the suggestions, the Steering Committee will finalize a recommendation for the BOE on December 9. I hope you can attend one of the meetings listed below:
Even though not finalized, the Long Range Facilities Plan generally calls for updates/additions/safety related modifications for all schools except AHS and MES. Those two school are more problematic and the Steering Committee wants input on:
In addition to input on MES and AHS, the committee would like input on:
I encourage you to come to one of the meetings to see much more detail, with visuals! Even though meetings are scheduled in all schools, feel free to come to whichever one best fits your schedule, including the community meetings in the evening. This is an exciting time for Andover!
Just a reminder that both high school drama departments are doing shows in November. Mark your calendar for the AHS Musical "The Drowsy Chaperone" on Nov. 12-13 and the ACHS Musical "The Pajama Party" on Nov. 18, 19 and 20. If these performances are anything like previous shows, they will be highly entertaining and professionally done! Just another example of Andover Excellence!
Enjoy your weekend and THANK YOU for all you do to add value to the Andover School District. We are better today than ever and I see nothing but a bright future ahead!
The temperature this morning sure acts as a reminder that fall is here. Looks like it will be a beautiful weekend for high school and college activities. In addition to the Trojans and Jags, I'm sure most of you will be tuned in to the Kansas State football game! :-)
Benefits signup is underway and I'd like to thank those involved with the benefit process, including the Benefits Committee, for their efforts to manage insurance costs. An increase of 12% in health premiums is hard to take but in this day of skyrocketing health care rates, when you consider that our premiums are basically the same as they were two years ago, we are fortunate.
I'm sure you don't need a reminder but just in case, on October 15 many of you will receive the 1.5% retention bonus in addition to your regular paycheck. As was discussed in August, the Board of Education felt this was a small token of appreciation for the outstanding work you do.
The BOE is meeting on Monday night. Several items of note:
Have a great weekend! Greg
It's hard to believe that September is over, we've already had the AHS vs ACHS football game and we are closing in on the end of the 1st quarter of school. Things seem to have settled in nicely and that doesn't just happen. It takes everyone, working together, to get to this point. I challenged each of us to "add value" to the Andover Schools, and from all indications, that is indeed happening.
Just like with all of us, the Board of Education is working to do their part to "add value" to the district. Last Monday night, they held a workshop to discuss their role, how they conduct business and what each of them can individually do to strengthen the BOE and district. The end product will be some type of Board handbook. It was awesome to see the BOE be just as committed to excellence as the rest of us. We are fortunate to have them on our team!
Last week the Facilities Steering Committee met to discuss the potential options that David Jackson and I shared at your schools. After an hour of small group discussion, the entire team got back together and appears to have reached consensus on several key points listed below:
The A-List contains additional information about the Facilities Study so check it out if you are interested. We'll keep you posted as this continues to evolve. Don't hesitate to send me any specific questions.
This weekend is the annual Greater Andover Days! It is a nice celebration for the community and we have a lot of school groups participating including some nice musical performances last night in the park. I know all of our groups will represent the district well. If you would like more GAD information, follow this link.
Enjoy the rest of your Friday and have a wonderful weekend! We Are Andover!!
Greetings All! Hope this finds you well and settling into the school year. Hard to believe we are already three weeks into the year! We've had a great start and that doesn't happen by accident. Thanks for all your planning and hard work!
On Saturday night Janie Hachen, CES 2nd grade, and Nicole Kallenbach, ACHS Social Studies, represented our district at the regional Kansas Teacher of the Year celebration. I'd like to thank Janie and Nicole for their professionalism, dedication and passion for students! Andover is proud of you ladies! Thanks for representing us in such a positive way.
We have a Board of Education meeting tonight. As always, BOE meeting information can be found on BoardDocs. Several items of interest:
As always, please don't hesitate to let me know if you have questions or comments. Have a great week!! Thanks again for all you do to make Andover a special place for our students!
Greetings Andover Team,
The momentum continues to build toward the 2016-17 school year and I'm getting excited to see everyone back! Many of you have been working all summer to get things ready and it shows! Thanks for your efforts!!
New teachers started earlier this week and we have an extremely talented group of people joining us. Once they settle in, they will add tremendous value to the district. I know you will welcome them along with all the other new additions to our team.
I look forward to seeing all of you on Monday, August 15 at ACHS for our opening session! A light breakfast will be served beginning at 7:15 and the program starts promptly at 8:00.
See you soon. Greg