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Happy New Year!

Jeff Ferguson - Superintendent Happy New Year, Tallmadge!

We are happy to have our students and staff back in the buildings. The second semester is off to a great start, with everyone working hard to meet their goals.

I'm excited to announce that after winter break, the students and staff at Munroe Elementary were welcomed back to their building with the creation of a 21st-century model classroom. The goal of this classroom is to prepare teachers for the classroom spaces that will be in the new elementary and middle school buildings. The new classrooms will incorporate technology and encourage collaboration. We want to determine what works best now, so we have the tools and resources in place when the new buildings open. Earlier this school year, we opened a model classroom at the middle school and plan to open one for Dunbar over the summer so every teacher can experience a 21st-century classroom setting.

Speaking of our new buildings, construction continues to progress with more of the initial site work being done. Although the weather can be a challenge to predict this time of year, we are optimistic that the site work will be able to continue on schedule. The next step is foundation work and we hope to see the building start to come out of the ground this spring. The goal is to be under roof by next winter, with the opening set for the 2019-2020 school year.

Additionally, the district has begun the process of creating its next strategic plan. We want the plan to reflect the goals of our entire district, including our students, staff, parents and community members. As such, we will be holding several focus groups to gain a better understanding of how we can meet the needs of all of our residents while maintaining a high-quality education for our students. These focus groups will be happening soon and we will update you with that information as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Stay warm!

Superintendent Jeff Ferguson

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