Dear Members of the Blind Brook School Community,
September is here and with it another school year has begun! It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the month already!
The first phase of the construction project at the Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street School has been completed. Although I regret the need to delay the opening of the building, the extra time was needed to make sure that the classrooms were ready to receive students. I thank all the administrators and support staff for their hard work to get things in place. An extra thank you goes to the custodial staff who worked tirelessly through nights and weekends to make repairs, move furniture and supplies, and handle regular maintenance and cleaning. They went above and beyond the call of duty! Another special thank you must go out to the B.M.P. Ridge Street School faculty. Most packed up their entire rooms last year only to have to unpack them again this Fall in a totally new location! As the teachers did not have access to the building over the summer during construction, they had to unpack while preparing their materials for the opening of school. Truly an amazing feat!
The new schedule at the Blind Brook Middle School and High School has been in place for a week and a half now. Students and teachers are adjusting to the new time periods and rotating classes. Early comments that I have heard have been positive. There are, of course, some things that will need to be adjusted as we move forward. Procedures during the common lunches have already been adjusted. We will be evaluating the effectiveness of the schedule throughout the year.
At the September 3rd Board of Education meeting I presented the District goals for the 2019-2020 school year. You can view the video of the presentation at this link. The goals for this year include the evaluation of the new Middle School/High School schedule, the formalization of curriculum development processes, the continuation of a move to problem-based instruction, the review of student support models, recruitment of a permanent Superintendent, managing the next phase of the construction projects and developing an appropriate yet fiscally responsible budget. I am excited about the changes that the District continues to make in order to provide the best education for our students today.
My personal goal for this year is to focus on communication. As the year progresses, I will keep you informed about what is happening in our District. If there are questions, concerns or comments that the community wants to share, I would be happy to hear them. Only through open communication can we all effectively work together to make Blind Brook the best that it can be!
I wish everyone in the community a happy and healthy fall season!
Colin Byrne, D.P.S.
Interim Superintendent of Schools