Welcome back to the 2016-2017 School Year.
It has been a quick, yet productive summer. All schools had concrete and asphalt upgrades. Johnston and Southridge each had electrical work done. All four elementary schools will be completely ready for wireless capabilities by the start of the school year. The middle and high school also had some access points installed, but will have the rest done over this year and next summer.
Construction will continue over the next two years. Heating and cooling ventilators, new windows, some new flooring, and mechanical improvements are just a few of the many projects yet to begin. We will be able to control heating and air conditioning flow from a computer. This should help even out the hot and cold spots in our buildings.
There will also be some athletic improvements as well. The field house will have a new scoreboard and wood floor. The current floor is nearly fifty years old. Our track will be resurfaced, the press box renovated, and the locker rooms rehabbed. Each elementary school and the middle school will receive a new gym floor. These are exciting times for facility improvements.
Our district welcomes three new administrators. Mr. Andy Locke (a former Highland grad) will replace Bill Madura at the high school. He comes to us from Lake Central Schools. Mrs. Scheryl Corman moves from Middle School Science Teacher to Middle School Assistant Principal. Finally, Mr. Roy Hufford takes over for John McCormick at Southridge Elementary. Mr. Hufford was recently an elementary principal in Goshen, IN.
Highland is excited to be moving to the 1:1 technology environment. All elementary schools students will now be equipped with iPADS, and staff members will have the Apple Mac Books. Middle school and high school will be on board next year.
The School Town of Highland is a special place for our children, staff, and community members. I look forward to another great school year.
Yours In Education,
Brian J. Smith, Superintendent