Communications

Letter from the Superintendent October 2019

 

Dear Howland Community,

It is hard to believe we are already closing in on the end of the first quarter of school!  What a great evening we had with our kids and the community during our football home opener against Poland.  Not only did we celebrate a significant victory for Howland Schools on the field, we’ve had a lot to celebrate off the field, too. Our turf field and stadium face lift was made possible by all of those who generously contributed to the Howland Community Stadium Foundation, matched Board contributions from maintenance and other savings and our anchor and digital partners who generously contributed to financially solvent video scoreboards for both the high school stadium and gymnasium.  We can’t thank our contributors and partners enough for all they have done to make great things happen for kids and community. The Board and Administration look forward to many great games, band/musical performances, movie nights, and other community engagement events that will also now bring in additional advertising revenue to our schools. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our official reveal of the stadium face lift at our homecoming game on October 13. We have some special activities and a fireworks display planned to celebrate our continued successes and improvements in Howland Schools.  

We have continued to build some of our professional development opportunities for staff around state report card information and are adjusting our curricular activities and goals to address areas of need while we celebrate the areas of improvement.  Importantly, we will continue to remain focused on doing what we do best in Howland - teach and learn. We are cognizant that state tests are only a single measure of our students and staff in our schools and are not the sole indicator for success of our students in their future career or college goals and life.  Our goals will continue to focus on what we can do to recognize the individuality of each of our students and build our curriculum around their aptitudes, interests, talents, and gifts so that we graduate well-adjusted and happy young adults who feel poised to enter the world, regardless of the career or college direction they choose.  

Don’t forget that we offer senior citizen free sports passes to our home games. Passes can be obtained by contacting the Activities Office or the main switchboard at 330-856-8200 to be transferred to the Activities Office.  Our kids love to see you. So, we invite you to attend these exciting competitive events. Calendars are available online at www.howlandschools.com or in the school calendar insert. We know that we would not be where we are without the continued support from the pride of our past as we continue to roar to the future!

As we continue to be fiscally responsible to our community, closing buildings in proportion to enrollment numbers is just one responsible action the Board appropriately takes to ensure we are not operating outside of our current revenue stream.  These changes can be painful, but are necessary to stave off any additional levy needs without first ensuring we are operating at optimally efficient levels so that we can continue to offer better curricular options for our kids, as well as continue “free” extra-curricular activities to every one of our students without pay to participate fees.  

Finally, the Board of Education and Administration are working to construct the next five-year strategic planning initiatives and goals and are excited to report that we are soon closing in on the end of the five-year Strategic Plan constructed back in 2014-2015 school year.  The strategic planning initiatives and goals set in place almost five years ago have guided the Board and focused administration to keep our past relevant and alive as we focused to make the necessary changes in educating our students in the most conducive and efficient environment that responsibly and fiscally sustain our schools now and In the future.  These changes started with the implementation of all day kindergarten without seeking additional revenue and ended with a better place for our kids and community to gather with the stadium turf and facelift. Community surveys and data gathering will be a part of the Board’s strategic planning as new initiatives for the next five-years will be planned and in place for the Board’s organizational meeting in January 2020. 

Kevin Spicher

Howland Local Schools Superintendent

 

 

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