Parents, guardians, and community members:
I hope you’re as excited as I am to start the 2019-20 school year.
Students will be coming back to buildings that are under improvement, but ready for learning.
I want to ensure you that your children are safe at Schoharie schools during this time of rebuilding. Safety equipment is in place and operational, as are procedures and protocols in case of an actual emergency.
Though the work is ongoing, students will not have access to construction areas and construction workers will not have access to students. Where possible, there will be physical barriers to construction areas, and noise-reduction measures will be taken to facilitate a better learning environment.
The noisiest construction will be done early in the morning before students arrive. Crews will try to focus on the quieter aspects of construction, like painting or hanging ceiling tiles, while classes are in session.
Our number-one priority at Schoharie Central School District is providing a positive and safe educational environment and a healthy place for our community’s children and their families. We will continue to conduct safety drills during construction so that we can maintain that safe and healthy learning environment.
So we may be a little dusty and a little noisy, but we’re very prepared to lead our students to explore and experience, learn and grow.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the effort of the many staff and contractors that worked over the summer.
I also want to take a moment to welcome new faculty and staff for the 19-20 school year. I look forward to their contributions to our school community. We also bid farewell to our retirees, thank them for their all they’ve done for our students and staff, and wish them well as they enter the next chapter of their lives.
This is an exciting time for the Schoharie Central School District and I’m glad you’re with us on this journey.
David M. Blanchard
Superintendent of Schools