Welcome fall! It seems the warm summer days have given way to chilly evenings and foggy mornings. Our school year is off and running! What a tremendous opening we had this year. We continue to be under construction as our Capital Project continues to move forward. Our sports teams are enjoying much success and the classrooms are buzzing with the excitement of a new school year.
You may have noticed some changes at our buildings if you have visited recently. Most notably, the new Raptor Visitor System. This system will scan visitors for child custody issues, sex offender status or other notifications deemed not safe to enter the building. All visitors to any of the three buildings will need a driver’s license or other form of photo ID. The Raptor System will scan your ID and print out a visitor badge to wear as you travel to your location. To clarify some recent questions: You only need to bring your license or photo ID the first time visiting each building, as the system will store your picture and information. With each follow-up visit simply state your name and the system will recognize you. If your ID doesn’t have a photo of you, we will have webcams available to take your picture and enter it into the system. This new system is one more layer of security the district has added to keep our students and staff safe.
A huge thank you to all parents picking up students during dismissal at the upper soccer field parking lot. This has been a change this year due to safety concerns and congestion on Juliand Street. I am pleased to say the process is going very well, and I thank you for your flexibility with this change.
The construction continues with our Capital Project. Construction is slated to continue through the fall of 2020. While we are a bit behind where we had hoped to be at this time, we are still on schedule to finish next fall. This past summer work included new floors, locker rooms, wiring, asbestos abatement, the starting of the new fitness center, and a new nurse’s office in the Greenlawn building. Work continues during the school year with little, if any disruption to the school day.
Calling all Veterans…. Our third annual Veterans Day breakfast will be Friday, November 8th at 9:00 a.m. in the Greenlawn Elementary School cafeteria. We will be having a short program by our elementary students following breakfast. Please invite all veterans and have them RSVP Sue Weibel at the school at 967-6321.
With each issue of the Blue and White we feature a BG alumni. If you know of anyone that the district should feature, we welcome your suggestions.
I would like to invite all of you to email, stop in or call me during the year. I welcome your ideas, questions and concerns. We truly are a school community that thrives on the investment of all. Have an outstanding 2019-2020 school year!
Timothy R. Ryan
Superintendent of Schools