Posted Date: 05/25/2022
As I write this article, it is hard to believe another school year is ending. The excitement for some summer fun is in the air for our students and staff. The hard work everyone has put in for nine months is now rewarded with some time off.
Here are some random thoughts to end the school year. I hope you find them enlightening.
I think about how we are returning to more of our “old normal ways” after the pandemic. We have handled this challenge head on and excelled in ways too numerous to mention. Our community should be very proud.
Throughout my six years as the superintendent of USD 244, I have worked with our board of education, staff, and community to try and make this the best place for students to learn and teachers to teach. I believe we are making great strides and progress in these areas. We are going to keep improving with our staff recruitment, salaries, facility improvements, activities, and other areas that help make USD 244 a destination place. We will continue to look for ways to change and make us better in a way that makes sense for Burlington.
Just recently, we installed a new air conditioning chiller at BES on April 18. The previous unit was 33 years-old. Normal life expectancy for a unit like this is 15-20 years. We are exceeding life expectancy with the preventative maintenance programs we have in place led by Mr. Margarito Solano, our maintenance director. A unit like this before the pandemic could be ordered and on site in 5-6 months. Today, it takes 18-24 months before it can be on site. The cost of this unit today is over 25% more than when we purchased it about nine months ago. Cost of this unit and installation is approximately $90,000. While COVID is kind of in our rear-view mirror for now, our world has changed and made things much more difficult for future planning. We have to think differently than in the past.
Graduation was May 14 at Burlington High School. Over 97% of our seniors graduated this year. The seniors had a grade point average of 3.44. 71 out of 74 seniors took the ACT test, and their overall score was 20.4. That is higher than the state average, and many schools don’t have all of their seniors take the ACT test. The list of accomplishments of our seniors each year is absolutely amazing.
I want to thank the staff that are leaving us after this school year, especially the ones that are retiring. We have many staff with a lot of longevity, and they will be sorely missed.
I hope you all have a super summer. If you ever have any questions, please contact me at 620-364-8478 Ext. 3040 or e-mail me at email@example.com . I feel very fortunate to serve this community as the superintendent of our schools.