Hello Yellow Jackets,
We are halfway through our school year and things are going well! Despite the challenges surrounding the ongoing pandemic, our students and staff are so great at adapting to anything that’s thrown their way.
The district is in great shape financially. With the passage of the earned income tax in May 2021 and the change in the State’s school funding formula, the district should not have a need to ask voters in our community for any new money in the near future.
New to the district this year are Family and Community Engagement Coordinator positions. In leveraging state and federal grant monies, we were able to hire Angie Ross to serve grades K-4 and Denny Morrison to serve grades 5-12. Our goal is to bridge the ties between schools, families, and the community through engagement opportunities. Ross and Morrison have been very active the first half of the year, making connections throughout the community and assessing the needs of students, staff, and families as they relate to student wellness and success.
Sidney High School received a major upgrade over the summer with the addition of air conditioning as a part of an air quality improvement initiative at SHS. The ESSER Grant Program, part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, afforded us the opportunity to help create a healthier indoor environment for our students and staff we would not otherwise be able to afford. The district is currently exploring how to use that money to complete similar air quality projects in our PK-4 buildings.
I’m looking forward to continuing the 2021-2022 school year with strength!
In Jacket Pride,
Bob Humble, Superintendent