In education, there are always two starts to the year–September and January. In this season of gratitude and resolutions, I wanted to share some of mine.
Central office staff moved into the new Fairbank Center. It is a beautiful space, full of light and possibilities for enhanced collaboration and increased efficiency. It is also fully accessible and able to welcome people of all abilities. SPS occupies the second floor of the building. The first floor is equally delightful, with flexible, welcoming spaces for both the Senior Center and the Parks and Recreation Department. The new Fairbank Center is a testament to the commitment of Sudbury residents to the health and welfare of the community. All of us at SPS are grateful for the generous commitment of time, talent, and resources. We resolve to be responsible custodians of the space and to ensure that it is a hub of connection and creativity.
Each week, I spend time in schools learning with and from students and educators. I am privileged to witness “ah ha” moments and productive teaching and learning struggles. Ours is a community that puts children first and holds itself accountable for providing the supports and opportunities each learner deserves to thrive. I resolve to continue to prioritize a responsive educational program that is engaging and relevant to students and provides equitable access for all.
The Sudbury School Committee has been working very hard to prepare a budget that meets the needs of students, maximizes grant opportunities, and respects the guidance provided by town and state leadership. Balancing responsiveness and sustainability is complex. I am grateful for all that we will continue to be able to do for students and resolve to continue to budget responsibly and to maintain a focus on students.
Wishing you and yours enjoy a restful winter break.