Welcome to the Halifax Area School District!
Ready, Set, Go! On behalf of a talented and caring group of teachers, support staff, and administrators, I welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year. We are eager and anxious to get to work. As the new school year gets underway, I take this opportunity to share information about three major projects to be completed this year.
-MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATION AND CONSTRUCTION: You may have noticed the district’s front lawn is looking a little cleaner these days. Students and staff will occupy new and renovated areas of the building on August 31st. As you can see from the pictures on our website, the work completed to date is beautiful, necessary, and fiscally responsible. In December, the bus ramp will move to the front of the building and staff will begin occupying office areas. Additional classrooms in the high school will also be completed. The entire project will be substantially completed by August 2016. You are welcomed to tour the facility at any time.
-CAMPUS CONSOLIDATION STUDY: We invite you to join us as we examine how the district’s declining enrollment is impacting its ability to maintain facilities that promote student achievement in a fiscally responsible manner. A challenging demographic and weak tax base, along with limited economic development in the area, give us reason to examine if we are using our resources in the best possible manner. Ignoring the situation is not an option as limited state funding continues to impact the district’s future. Data and critical findings from the study will be presented to the School Board in April.
DISTRICT’S STORY: As a learning community, we pledge to use the acronym THINK
(Is it True; Is it Helpful; Is it Inspiring; Is it Necessary; Is it Kind) as we
communicate with all of our stakeholders. This year brings a greater reliance
on many ways to inform the public of the amazing things that happen in our
schools everyday. You will see a greater use of social media, frequent updates
on our website, electronic messaging for important announcements, a quarterly
district newsletter-“The Halifax Gazette," and invitations to participate in
parent focus groups and the PTO. Consider following the district on Twitter or
view the tweets at www.hasd.us.
As a district, we remain committed to the goals and action plans outlined in the new Comprehensive Plan, slated for school board approval later this fall. The staff and I hope you will find ways to get involved in your school district, partnering with us to live this year’s Discovery Theme, “Building the Pride,” through words and actions.
Michele M. Orner, Ed.D.