Please take a moment to watch Superintendent Saxton's message to our Spartan families today (March 20)
ALSO, THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE WAS SENT TO SPARTAN STAFF FRIDAY EVENING:
Some brief reflections as we end this first week of remote learning...
I can't help but reflect on all the things that were important to me last week as compared to today. I believe we are all amazed at how one week can make such a difference in our lives. On the lighter side, who would have thought we would learn so much about the production and supply of toilet paper!
I want to thank all of our Spartan employees for what they have done over this last week. The contributions and teamwork from all groups of employees have been beyond impressive. Every day I witness examples of caring and devotion to our school families.
I am also amazed at the stories shared about teachers connecting with students. Learning remotely can make our students and their families feel isolated and alone but our teaching staff is bridging that divide with personal attention, instruction, and connection. I truly thank you for your professionalism and service to the Spartan community.
As you have personally witnessed, we have made changes that allow as many employees as possible to either work from home or work reduced hours. Our goal is to focus our workforce into three areas - instruction, nutrition, and cleaning/maintenance.
Moving forward, our teachers, counselors, aides, and teaching support staff will focus on the delivery of instruction to students. Our food and transportation employees will focus on food distribution. Our cleaning and maintenance staff will focus on the cleaning and upkeep of our buildings and facilities.
For now, Mondays have become our distribution days for instruction and food. For those employees working from home, volunteers will be needed to assist with the elementary packet pickup/drop off this coming Monday. Look for an email this weekend for more details on when and where we need help.
As we move forward, we need to continue to be flexible and adaptive. As we have experienced, one press conference from our Governor or President can change all of our plans. No matter the changes, we need to continue to focus on our Spartan families. When this crisis is over, the words kindness, compassion, caring, connection, and service should describe the actions of the Boardman Schools.
As I have been saying...
Let's all wash our hands and open our hearts!
Timothy L. Saxton
Boardman Local Schools