Message From the Superintendent
Due to the looming work stoppage in schools, the Byng Board of Education unanimously approved flexibility in the 2017-2018 calendar in order for our staff to participate. We must work to increase compensation of our employees and to increase funds for operational costs. This is my tenth year to serve as superintendent and funding has dropped every single one of those years while our fixed costs have continued to rise. We know that there is a teacher shortage because we have a core course opening for next year and we have two applicants! We must increase salaries!
IF there is NO action by the legislature to address these issues we are going to amend the calendar in order to suspend operations on April 2-6.
Friday, March 30-we will be in school-covers April 3
Friday, April 20-we will be in school-covers April 4
Thursday, May 17-we will be in school-covers April 5
Friday, May 18-last day for students-covers April 6
Monday, May 21-professional development-completes PD requirement for calendar
We already have a snow day on Monday, April 2 so no change.
These changes will allow us to be out of school on April 2-6. We will evaluate during that week to determine if we add other days out for the week of April 9-13.
We have made the decision to allow all extracurricular activities after discussions with sponsors, other schools and organization leaders. There are simply too many one-time events that have long term consequences for students.
We will return to school on April 16th and will continue to participate by sending representative groups each day.
These are the toughest of days in my career. We have spent hours reading, analyzing, and lost a lot of sleep agonizing over all of this. Anything about this is far from perfect. People will be working diligently to pit us against each other. We must band together for the good of our students and each other.
Please contact the folks listed below and ask them to fund education employee salaries and to increase funds for school operations:
Link to Senate website
Link to House website
Charles McCall, House Speaker (Has assured us that there would be a teacher raise this session)
Jon Echols, House floor leader
Representative Todd Thomsen
Senator Greg McCortney
Pre-Enrollment for 4yr Olds
2018-2019 four year old pre-enrollment at Francis Elementary School and Homer Elementary School will be Friday, April 13th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please bring the following items to enrollment: Child’s birth certificate, immunization records, social security card, CDIB (if applies) and proof of residency (utility bill in legal guardian’s name)
** All phone numbers and emails used for School Messenger can be edited by parents on the E-Collect forms page of the Powerschool Parent Portal. Edits will take effect within 24 hours **
*** Part of the Student Enrollment Process Now Requires a Parent Portal Account ***
Parents and Students :
Download the Powerschool Mobile App for Apple or Android!
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Once you have downloaded the app to your phone, use JCDG for the school code.
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