Spartan Families, September 21, 2020
As we begin the 2020-21 school year, we are determined as a district to provide the exceptional Boardman education our Spartans expect--It's our Tradition of Excellence. Safety has always been a top priority but now it serves as our guiding force as we make decisions and adjust to the unique demands this school year may bring. We know we will have to be Spartan Strong, Spartan Flexible, and Spartan Smart. Most of all, we know more than ever we will have to be a true Spartan Community. We will have to be Spartan Together. Look no further than the very first word of our mission statement: Together, we transform lives through Academics, Athletics, and the Arts.
We have great faith in our Boardman teachers and staff. They are true professionals who have the well being of your child at heart. As I enter my 19th year serving the Boardman Schools, and my 5th year as Superintendent, I have never been more proud of our Spartan cleaning, maintenance, teaching, transportation, food services, and administration as they carefully plan and prepare to welcome your children back into the classroom, and to creatively reach out remotely to our students learning from home.
Our Principals, Supervisors, and Coordinators have worked through the summer and our classroom teachers, coaches, and music and art directors have creatively accepted the challenge of being more diligent and flexible than any time in their careers. All this, so that students can learn, play, and perform in true Spartan fashion with all the health and safety protocols in place.
This has been one of the greatest challenges in recent educational history. It would be easy to lose focus and direction by trying to process all the needed adaptions and adjustments throughout this school year. To be successful, we ask the Spartan Community to keep in mind that these changes are for now but they are not forever. To our Spartan staff, we have asked them to narrow their focus on the present and to prepare for the challenges of each day as they come. We rally around the motto - Win the Day!
Timothy L. Saxton