From the Superintendent’s Desk: District Update

by Karl Heidrich

We are pleased with the progress of our summer projects. The LED lighting has been completed for Smith Elementary, and we are in progress for Heritage School. When students return to Heritage and Smith, there will be a tremendous difference in lighting both in the hallways and classrooms. Converting to LED lighting is energy efficient and creates a higher quality learning environment.

Another in-progress energy efficient project involves new doors and windows at the original portion of the Junior/Senior High. Windows should be installed by end of August. Doors will follow and should be completed before the first day of school. As we wind down the bond, only small projects remain on the radar. One small project completed this summer was replacing the Smith gym carpet. Remaining projects include a small maintenance addition and a central office bathroom, both of which will be dependent on remaining bond funds.

At our last board meeting the board approved the request for Chromebook replacements for both 7th and 10th grade students. We continue to follow the second year of our five year technology cycle replacement schedule with technology bond funds available.

Our maintenance director and custodians are working hard this summer to ensure our buildings are clean and ready for the first day of school, August 27. We also look forward to your joining us for our Open House, scheduled in the evening for all of our school buildings on August 22.

In other news, Junior High Principal/Assistant High School Principal Joe Wenzel has resigned from the district to pursue a new opportunity as the Wilson Talent Center Principal. Our current plan to replace Mr. Wenzel will combine the positions of Athletic Director and Junior High Principal. We will be announcing our new Junior High Principal end of July.

We look forward to a fantastic school year. If you would like to schedule a tour of any facility or have questions at any time, please do not hesitate to call, stop in, or email.

Karl Heidrich has been an administrator for Stockbridge Community Schools since 1999 and has been the Superintendent of Schools since 2013.

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