Dear Richmond Families,
I hope everyone had an enjoyable and restful summer with plenty of time to enjoy this great Wisconsin summer with family and friends. Although the students were off for the summer, many of our staff were busy making plans and getting ready for the upcoming school year. As I enter my fourth year as Richmond’s superintendent, I could not be more proud of the dedication shown by our students, families, staff members, and community. Below is a brief summary of some of the work that was done to get ready for the upcoming school year.
This year, the District will continue the curricular alignment of the science program to the Next Generation Science Standards, and the social studies program to grade level expectations. This is the first year of implementing Writer’s Workshop in grades K-8. Writer’s Workshop is a companion piece to Reader’s Workshop. Along with our Gifted & Talented Coordinator, Donna Held, grades two and three will continue the exploration of Personalized Learning. Grade four will start the process of learning more about Personalized Learning, as well. In the middle school, this will be the first year of Standards-Based Reporting. The District is also beginning professional development surrounding the Mental Health Grant that was awarded last year. This fall, the Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports (PBIS) team will be completing Phase One certification. The District’s website was redesigned to better communicate with families and the community. There are many great things happening for the students.
On the operations side, Richmond uses a five-year maintenance plan to keep our school in top working order. Over the last three years, the District replaced 18 out of 22 rooftop HVAC units. Carpeting was also replaced in over half of the classrooms during this time, and ceiling tiles were changed out, as well. In this year’s budget, there are plans to resurface the parking lot, fix the cement at the front of the building, and add more handicapped parking spaces on the east side of the school. The work in the parking lot is targeted to begin in late spring. By October 2017, the District will make the last payment on the building referendum that was approved in 1998 for the elementary wing addition. After this payment is made, the District will be debt free.
There are many great and exciting things happening at Richmond School. I want to personally thank you for entrusting your children’s education with us. Thank you!