Brian L. TalbottJanuary 2018I hope this newsletter finds you well following the holiday season. Thus far, the winter has been fairly kind to us in regards to inclement weather and the transportation of our students. I want to remind you of the steps that are taken on questionable weather mornings. The NMFSD is large geographically; snow/ice accumulation can differ greatly on both ends and anywhere in between. We begin very early in the morning assessing the road conditions. Upon gathering all necessary information we make a determination as early as possible so that if there is going to be a delayed start or a cancellation, we can get that information out to parents as early as possible. Our best means of getting said information out is through our automated School Messenger system. Additionally, we post any change in routine on the district website and forward it on to our local media outlets. These decisions are always difficult as we understand that anything outside of the norm can be a disruption for families and their schedules. That being said, our decisions are based on the safety of our students and staff.
There will be two school district measures that will be on your ballot for the February 13th Election. The first measure is a three-year Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy. The funds collected from this Levy go to support all programs in the district and are vital to the continuation of current program offerings. The second measure is a two-year Capital Levy that, if approved, will provide $3.4 million for the purpose of replacing the failing roof and HVAC units at Lakeside Middle School. LMS is twenty years old and both the roof and HVAC units, much like your home furnace and roof, have come to the end of their life cycle. The current roof has multiple leaks, and the roof liner, along with the nearly forty rooftop HVAC units, have begun to fail. This Capital Levy would allow the district to replace the roof, all of the HVAC units, and all internal controls before complete failure occurs. All of the school facilities belong to you, the community; it is our intent to replace these systems to ensure that LMS remains in excellent condition for the next twenty plus years. I ask that you please review the information sheet carefully and, if you have questions, concerns, or comments, that you please contact me. I am happy to meet with you individually or, if you would like for me to meet with a larger group, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to share more information.
In closing, I would like to thank the School Board Directors for their dedication and commitment to students, staff, public education and the community at large. While directors are elected, they are not paid for their work; they are, for all intents and purposes, elected volunteers. In December of this year, Greg Flemming was sworn in for a fifth term, while Kyle Yancey was sworn in following a six-year absence from his previous service on the Board. Vicki Daggy is leaving the Board after sixteen years of loyal service. Throughout her four terms, Director Daggy was always focused on providing the very best opportunities for our students. During my tenure as this district’s superintendent, I have been blessed to serve with and for these thoughtful elected volunteers…my utmost respect to all of them during January’s Board Appreciation month.Warm Regards,Brian L. Talbott, Superintendent
Last Modified on January 12, 2018