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From the Superintendent: Thoughts on the End of the School Year

Supt. Kowba
Tuesday, June 12, marks the last day of instruction for the traditional school year.

I want to extend my deepest gratitude for everyone’s hard work and dedication during a year of solid cluster development, sobering budget cuts, and collaborative sacrifices. You have stayed the course and continued to make our students the top priority. The wonderful teaming of staff, students, and parents is reflected in a solid trend of academic excellence.

Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2012, their parents and families. More than 6,700 seniors from the district’s 31 high schools will be attending their commencement ceremonies next Monday and Tuesday. We are proud of your achievements and wish you the very best in all future endeavors.

I also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the administrators, certificated staff and classified employees who are retiring. Thank you for your countless years of service, loyalty, and commitment to public education. We will miss your expertise and wish you well.

Sadly, this year we are also saying good-bye to hundreds of dedicated employees who have been laid off as a result of the ongoing state budget crisis. It is with a heavy heart that I express my sincerest appreciation to these employees for their unwavering commitment to our students. I stand with the Board of Education to remain open to discussions with our employee groups about any possible alternatives and to continue to fight for adequate funding for public education from Sacramento.

For those who will open our classrooms at the start of the new school year, we appreciate your steadfast focus on service to others and dedication to a job well done. In this incessantly resource-limited environment, we will go forward with a shared vision for student well-being and success. Please remember, the first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 4.

Again, thank you for all that you do for our students.

Sincerely,
Bill Kowba