Back to School

Posted by Richard H. Faidley on 9/6/2016

It seems like just last week that we waved good-bye to students and prepared ourselves for a summer of professional development, summer cleaning, and curriculum work. In addition to these annual summertime activities, contractors continued to move the Boyertown Area Senior High construction project forward, while contractors worked on GESA (Guaranteed Energy Saving Act) projects at other buildings in the District.

Yes, it was a busy summer in the Boyertown Area School District.  As September drew closer, the sounds of marching band and color guard rehearsal and fall sports practices filled the air at Boyertown Area Senior High.  Our students prepared for their upcoming competitions and we were reminded that the first day of school was not too far away.

As I do every year, I rode a school bus on the first day of school with students. This year I boarded a bus with students headed to Junior High West and Boyertown Area Senior High. Although not demonstrating their excitement about the first day of school as explicitly as the elementary-aged students on other busses, there were smiles as they climbed on the bus for the first time this year.

I am proud to report that as we welcomed approximately 7,000 students, their teachers, and staff to the 2016-2017 academic year the Boyertown Area Senior High construction project, the cornerstone building of our district is on-budget and on-schedule.  I am also happy to report that Phase II of the construction project was completed and ready for students on the first day of school. Phase II included transforming the 1920 high school building into the 9th Grade Academy; renovating the band, choral, orchestra, and music practice classrooms and the instrument storage rooms; renovating the locker and wrestling rooms; renovating the Bear Gym Lobby; and miscellaneous classroom renovations.

I wish you and your family a successful 2016-2017 school year, and I look forward to seeing you at any number of the wonderful school events throughout the year.