Superintendent's Corner

    March surely greeted us like a 'lion' with wind and rain, only to give us hope for it to depart like a 'lamb' with warmth and sunshine. We are half way through our academic school year and have made strides in improving student achievement with the offerings of rigorous and relevant learning experiences throughout all content areas. This includes: ParentCamp, literacy nights, participation in Read Across America, the use of Fountas and Pinnell leveling, progress monitoring, a focus on guided reading, STEAM activities, musical performances, the ASPIRE program, mindfulness, and social emotional learning presentations. Our climate and culture grows more positive as we communicate happenings in our schools through social media (#EHTPride), our Renaissance teams hold pep rallies, schools recognize and reward student attendance, participation and good character, and the celebration of our Teachers of the Year and Educational Services Professionals of the Year. We are continuously working to strengthen our community partnerships by engaging in community service projects, hosting guest speakers, conducting food drives, job fairs, and collaborative initiatives. I am grateful for the collective efforts of teachers and staff who work each and every day towards meeting our district learning goals.

     There has been a concentrated focus on school safety and security. We have hired Mr. Dave Druding to serve as our Director of School Safety and Security to oversee the security of all schools. He is in the process of assessing our school buildings and safety drills. As you may have witnessed, we have instituted a stricter visitor vetting process that includes questioning prior to gaining access to the school buildings. I appreciate your cooperation and your understanding of our quest to keep your child safe. Please refer to the Safety and Security link in my Superintendent's Corner as well as the District Headlines section on this website to learn more about the steps we have taken for school safety.

     While March launches the opening of the spring sports season, it is also the time for school budgeting to come to light. Our school budget centers upon student achievement and meeting our district learning and strategic planning goals. Basically, what our students need to learn and succeed and what resources teachers need to assist them. We are awaiting on state funding numbers that should be available on March 15th, with hopes that we are granted extra funding to help minimize our deficit and avoid serious reduction. Our district has been underfunded for nearly a decade. Repeated years of not getting the money needed to provide for students has amounted to us being deprived close to 300 million dollars. So you can image why we are hoping for more assistance to help us educate our students and maintain our buildings. Our next budget meeting will be held on March 22nd in the Board Room at the Alder Avenue Middle School. 


Looking forward to S​pring!


Dr. Gruccio