Our 2023-24 school year is off to a super start. There is so much excitement around a new school year. Kids are excited to have new teachers. Staff are excited to get back and see the kids. Students and staff are excited to see the improvements that occurred over the summer to our facilities. There is an excitement around all of the activities in the district. I really enjoy this time of the year a lot.
USD 244 has really tried to “brand” our district a lot beginning last year focusing on the traditional WILDCAT and the red and gray colors. Along these lines, we have focused all of our buildings on the WILDCAT mascot. Our motto is: “We Are All Wildcats!” This focus will help promote community spirit that was already a strong point for Burlington.
Our renovated athletic facilities at Wildcat Stadium, Wildcat Baseball Field, and Ladycat Softball Field have been a tremendous asset to the school district and the community. The school district, USD 244 Rec Center, and patrons have utilized our fields a lot over the past six months. I have had people ask if our taxes are going to increase due to this project. The answer is no. We did not increase our mill levy for this project.
This summer we had many improvements occur in our buildings. Here are a few projects that occurred. BHS has a new cafeteria/commons floor that looks wonderful. You will notice the color scheme and block letters “WILDCATS” in the center of the floor. The floor is epoxy and is very easy to care for. The BHS Office was renovated and looks great. BMS Family and Consumer Sciences classroom was renovated with a new epoxy floor, painted cabinets, new drawers/door fronts/pulls, and counter tops. It is a WOW when you go in the room now. We are changing out the “Bobcats” mascot to “Wildcats” in the building over time. The locker rooms were painted. BES now has a renovated library with new carpet, paint, LED lighting, and new bookshelves. It is like a brand-new library. Libraries are so important in schools as they encourage and develop reading which is so important for our kids. Wildcat Stadium home seating was resealed and coated to maintain the structure so it lasts a long time. There were also many other painting projects to refresh our buildings. Our technology staff worked hard installing new equipment as well as doing yearly maintenance on our current devices. Improving and taking care of our facilities as well as staying on top of technology is so important to our teachers and students.
I feel very fortunate to serve our community as your superintendent. If you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience. My phone number is 620-364-8478 Extension 3040. You can e-mail me at email@example.com anytime. GO WILDCATS!!!
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