September 3, 2021
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! The first week of classes has been a successful one in all of our buildings.
Elementary school phase-in week allowed our teachers to spend individualized time with small groups of students to make sure they start the year strong and at the right academic level for their success.
BCIS has welcomed a new principal, Mr. Masucci, who is invigorating the long-standing building with a sense of pride and belonging for all students and staff.
BGJHS starts the school year with two well-equipped outdoor learning spaces, and a new BRYT program to provide support for at-risk students and their families.
BHS also welcomes a new principal, Mr. Zura, who’s familiarity with the building and staff as a former assistant principal and administrator in Boardman enables him to seamlessly continue the strong tradition of the three A’s. Several new career-focused programs this year will also increase opportunities for student success.
We are welcoming nearly three dozen new staff members across the district; one of the biggest back-to-school groups we’ve seen in years. Their fresh perspectives-coupled with support from our veteran teachers and staff- is sure to continue the tradition of excellence that Boardman enjoys.
Over the summer, our buildings and grounds have seen many updates and changes. The most noticeable might be freshly paved parking lots at Center, Glenwood and BHS, as well as a new ramp and front entrance steps at Boardman High School.
Boardman’s maintenance and custodial staff have prepared our buildings to start the year fresh. Updated filtration in all buildings and new air purifiers will be added to every classroom, cafeteria and auditorium/gym. We will be vigilant this year, as COVID cleaning protocols will be continued in the 2021-22 school year.
As for our student events and activities:
Our athletes trained hard over the summer, and have started the new school year exceptionally strong.
The Spartan Marching Band filled the air with beautiful music in August. Their new uniforms and Marvel Half-time Show are delighting audiences in Spartan Stadium--and for the first time in years, rain did not put a damper on Band Night!
A new Drama Guild Director and his team are planning for a Fall musical
PTA’S are planning events for the year, and have scheduled in-person meetings (with masks) for the month of September.
Despite the pandemic and regardless of the challenges we may encounter, we are determined to be flexible and to work with our community to accomplish our main goal: The health and safety of our students as we strive to keep our buildings open for productive in-person learning.
Have a great and safe school year!
Timothy L. Saxton