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Superintendent’s Blog – Anticipated School Tax Rate Drop!

January 22, 2020

At the December meeting, the Board of Education approved the latest local property tax levy. This impacts the property taxes that we (as taxpayers) will be paying on our next tax bill. As you know, the local public school district is the largest item on your tax bill, so what happens at levy time impacts each of our household budgets. Last year, Beecher 200U had a tax rate of $6.81; it is anticipated that next year’s rate will drop to $6.57, which is a 3.5% decrease! If you would like to access specific information from the presentation to the Board, …

Superintendent’s Blog – 1:1 Laptop Program

January 10, 2020

In the first week of this new year, Beecher 200U celebrates a wonderful opportunity for our students. We have completed a 1:1 laptop deployment in grades 6-12! This means that we are providing 600+ students a Chromebook to take home every night. Of course, the hardware itself is not the end of this journey; it is only the beginning. Over the course of the next few years, students will become more empowered in their own learning as they are immersed in their native learning environment – technology. As a school, we will be focusing on changing the way teaching and …

Superintendent’s Blog – Hot Lunch Program

October 29, 2019

For the first time in a decade, we are running our own cafeteria program. For years, we have had a third party provide lunch for our kids… and it could have been better. So this year, we are planning our own menus and finding quality, tasty meals. Most of our food comes from Gordon Food Service (GFS), so we know that it is going to be fresh and delicious! We are getting back to the basics: mini corn dogs, chicken sandwiches, and pepperoni pizza. So far, the hit of the year has been bosco sticks and marinara sauce. That being …

Superintendent’s Blog – School Budget

September 11, 2019

On Monday night, the School Board passed the budget for this year. After putting $282K in the bank last year; this year’s budget calls for deficit spending of $664K due to larger-than-normal spending on technology, buses, textbooks, and debt repayment. We are anticipating total spending for the 2019-2020 school year to be about $14.7M, and we should end the year with $14.9M in reserves. In other words, we have a year’s worth of spending in our savings account. You can find the entire budget summary HERE. Please call or email ( with thoughts or questions about this or other topics.

Superintendent’s Blog – District Facilities

May 10, 2019

As promised, I am providing additional feedback from our recent Superintendent Steering Committees. This time, the focus was Facilities; the recommendations were divided into those with top priority (Tier I), projects to be considered after Tier I is complete (Tier II), and issues involving Athletic facilities. The recommendations were: Tier I Asbestos removal in the Elementary School (floors) and High School (floors and ceilings) Improved traffic flow for drop off and pick up at ES and HS, including repaving of driveways ES functionality issues Adding kindergarten and EC restrooms More secure front entryway Updating existing restrooms Improved cafeteria area HS …

Superintendent’s Blog – District Technology

April 25, 2019

As promised, I am providing more feedback from our recent Superintendent Steering Committees. This time, the focus was Technology, and the recommendations were: Implementing hardware purchasing rotations for students and staff An increased dedication to staff Professional Development in the area of technology implementation A 1:1 learning environment for students in grades 3-12 An organizational focus on supporting staff members as they transition to and engage in a 1:1 environment Parent Engagement: Tech Cafes and other learning opportunities for parents to better utilize their access to Powerschool, Google classroom, Go MAth!, etc. More effective utilization of website and social media to push …

Superintendent’s Blog – Student Opportunities and Supports

April 8, 2019

I have recently hosted a series of committee meetings to obtain input from the learning community, eliciting feedback on areas that we could better serve our students, staff, parents, and community. The first group to meet was Student Opportunities and Supports, looking at ways that we can make our students more successful. After deliberating, it was decided that the following areas could use additional focus: District-wide RtI program, including but not limited to an emphasis on study skills increased consistency for the student experience (procedural, across grade levels, between classes, between buildings, etc.) JH / HS credit recovery program academic …

Superintendent’s Blog – School Resource Officer

March 21, 2019

To start the new 2019-2020 school year, Beecher 200U will once again have a full-time School Resource Officer on campus. It has been nearly a decade since we discontinued the SRO program, and we are very excited to see its return. Even though we greatly appreciate the daily attention that Chief Smith and his staff give our campus, this SRO program will allow us to protect and educate our children on a whole new level. Traditionally, when you think of a School Resource Officer, your first thought is: school safety. And yes, that will certainly be a focus of our …

Superintendent Blog – Elementary School Playground Project

February 26, 2019

For a few years now, the Beecher PTO has been diligently raising funds to update the playground equipment at the ES, raising over $13K. This $49K project will positively impact students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grades, nearly half of the students who attend Beecher 200U. Over the winter, the Beecher Education Foundation added an additional $10K to the project, and the School District committed to funding the remainder of the cost. The new playground should be ready for the start of school in August. I cannot express how impressed I am with not only the effort and forethought of …

Supt. Blog – School Calendars

February 13, 2019

School Calendar: February 12, 2019 This Year (2018-2019) – With the poor weather that we have had and subsequent school days lost, our current school calendar has changed significantly. We will now be in session on the following days: Monday, April 22, 2019 Friday, May 3, 2019 Friday, May 24, 2019 Thursday, June 6, 2019 Friday, June 7, 2019 Since we only have to make up the first five (5) days missed, any additional school closings will not result in additional calendar changes. Therefore, June 7th will be the last day of student attendance and an 11a dismissal. Next Year …