Dear Parents, Staff and Community Partners:
In last month’s message, I informed you that we would be conducting an eLearning survey to solicit feedback from parents, students, and staff regarding their opinions on the eLearning initiative implemented in EACS during the 2014-15 school year. The results were very positive with 82% of those who responded in favor of EACS offering eLearning again next year. The complete results were presented at the May 19th School Board meeting and can be accessed at the link below.
Speaking of surveys, the School Board took action at their May 19th meeting to contract with a national pollster to conduct a scientific random sampling of voters in our school district to determine the level of support for a proposed building plan. The Board has approved a building utilization plan to address needs at New Haven High School including adding two grade levels making New Haven a 7-12 building. The plan also includes building a new New Haven Intermediate School (grades 3-6) and adding a preschool wing to New Haven Primary School. The old New Haven Intermediate School will be renovated to house the East Allen Alternative School and a vocational school. The former New Haven Elementary School will be renovated to house the central office administration. Facility upgrades will also be planned for the Leo, Woodlan, Heritage and Harding attendance areas.
Before pursuing further action on the building plan, it is important for the Board to gauge the support of the voters. If the survey does not show support for the plan, the Board will go back and revise the plan to incorporate what we heard from our patrons to address the pressing needs of our facilities. If there is support for the revised plan, the issue could go to the voters as a referendum during a general or primary election. Long before the issue goes to the polls, there would be several opportunities for community stakeholders to provide input on the plan. Specifics of the plan would be developed and shared with the community prior to the official 1028 Hearing that is required by statute before the Board of School Trustees takes formal action on the plan.
Please follow the progress on the building issue as it develops. Our seven Board Members and I are all willing to answer any questions or concerns you have about this process. Our goal is to work with the community as members of the same team to plan and provide for the best education possible for the students we serve. Our children are the future of our community and we need to do our best to prepare them for their future!
Dr. Kenneth H. Folks
Superintendent of Schools
Click here for eLearning Survey Results