A view from the Helm
On behalf of the Northern Lebanon School District Board of Directors, please accept my wishes for a joyful and peaceful Christmas season and a prosperous new year in 2022.
It goes without saying that school districts nationwide, including ours, have faced significant challenges over the last two years. Despite these challenges, we have been able to develop several critical foundational pieces for the future of our district and its students. Please allow me to highlight some of those victories:
Behind the scenes, a number of committed stakeholders – guided by our administration – met throughout 2020 to develop a new Long-Term Plan for the District. This Long-Term Plan can be found HERE. We look forward to working together to achieve our vision, “to inspire our students today and equip them for tomorrow”. The Board would like to thank those members of the administration, faculty, student body, and Northern Lebanon community that assisted in that process.
Additionally, our administration recently developed a long overdue process for reviewing and implementing academic curriculum that the Board believes will provide excellent and challenging educational rigor for all students. With the goal of establishing academic excellence, this process will begin in earnest and be fully implemented in 2022.
More visibly, construction has started on a new consolidated Elementary School on the district grounds adjacent to the current Secondary School. This new school will serve all of our youngest students, Kindergarten through 6th grade, and will provide the best possible educational opportunities for them while also producing significant economic savings for the district and its taxpayers over the next three decades and beyond. Our K-6 students will begin learning in the new facility at the start of the 2023-2024 school year. Details on the new school can be found HERE. (We are also in the process of exploring what transformation of our Secondary School facilities may look like in the near future. Please stay tuned.)
Next, the district recently installed a brand new artificial turf facility on the site of the old soccer field. This field provides our athletic teams with one of the best all-weather competition surfaces in the Lebanon-Lancaster area. Our soccer and field hockey teams were able to practice and compete on the field this fall. When fully complete, with lighting and bleachers, Northern Lebanon will have the ability to host District and other post-season games.
Finally, the Board just approved construction of a much needed replacement to our current concession stand and bleachers on the football field, which will include a new field house and facilities for use by all of our Viking outdoor sports teams. That construction should be complete in time for our 2022 fall athletic competitions. The Board is very excited about these new projects and looks forward to the benefit that these will bring to our students and our community.
Of course, in the midst of the various challenges, we trust that you all have experienced other victories, both small and great, of your own. As we look forward to 2022, we know that more challenges lie ahead; but we are excited about the direction that we are headed and the opportunities that are in store for the students and families of our district. We believe that greater things are yet to come. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or the other members of the Board with any questions you might have! We value the trust that you have placed in us, and we welcome the opportunity to talk with you about any concerns that impact our kids and our community. Until then . . .
Barry Naum, Board President