May 20, 2022
With the school year officially over I would like to take this opportunity to give an update on several activities and events that are taking place over the next few months.
First, I would like to congratulate the class of 2022! You have left an impressive mark on USD 430 and I have confidence that you will continue doing great things! We wish you nothing but the best in all that you do.
I appreciate everyone's flexibility with the decision to end the school year a week early. I know this decision caused some additional emotions with events, planning, and rearranging schedules. The decision for the early release was largely due to the progress of the construction taking place with the passing of the bond issue. I am excited to report that we have work taking place in all three buildings! It is very exciting to see the progress being made in a short amount of time. When students and teachers come back in the fall they will not have to worry about the temperatures in their room, leaking roofs, or the wind rattling the windows causing additional disruptions while learning is happening.
During the May regular Board Meeting the Board of Education approved the concrete repairs, gutters and downspouts, and railing replacements. These items were the last to be sent out for bid. With all bids accounted for, including a couple of change orders, I am pleased to report that we are under budget by almost $50,000; however, we were able to use some ESSER III funding to help offset some cost of windows at the elementary school and middle schools. With the support of ESSER III the bond project is currently at $635,000 below budget. The leftover budgeted amount may be used for other Capital Outlay Projects if needed. This will be a discussion for the Board Members after all projects are completed.
Although the school year ended early for the students, the dedicated staff of USD 430 are spending the extra week working non-stop. They have been in meetings, working on goals, preparing for the next school year, reviewing curriculum and data, and preparing their rooms for the construction that will be taking place while they are gone. We are very fortunate to have such an amazing group of professionals.
During the month of June, USD 430 will offer summer school for students K-6 at Horton Elementary School. Summer School will run from 8:00-12:30 and free breakfast and lunch will be provided to students who attend. USD 430 will also be offering the Summer Meal Program. The Summer Meal Program, which will be free again this year for anyone ages 1-18 may stop by the elementary school during lunch to eat a free lunch. More information about the program will be coming out soon so please be on the lookout for details on our district website and Facebook page.
Superintendent of Schools
USD 430 South Brown County