Dear BSD Staff and Community:
The last two weeks were an especially challenging time for us as we worked to reach a multi-year contract agreement with the teachers’ union. These hard times have left hard feelings, and I recognize that in some cases these hard feelings have been there for years. As we work to move forward as a community, it’s my responsibility as Superintendent to make sure we grow stronger together.
I want to thank all the members of our community for your patience during what was a challenging time for us all. Reaching a contract resolution placed an unimaginable hardship on students, parents/guardians, and our entire staff. We need to rebuild our trust in and amongst each other.
When school reopened on Wednesday we began a restorative process for staff and students that will take some time to complete. We tell our students to use their words to resolve conflict; address the issues not the person and take ownership for your part. As adults we must continue to be the guides for our youth. The School Board and myself are committed to reaching collaborative solutions with teachers, and all staff in our District as we continue our important work. To be successful we have to work together and communicate challenges and issues that are faced to arrive at solutions.
Leaders are called upon to build new bridges, promote a common vision, and uplift all voices. Last week our students demonstrated leadership and advocacy by approaching me to find a solution to enable homecoming athletic events to continue as scheduled. This work by our students is an inspiration, and a credit to their parents and teachers who have influenced them through our district. It is now our turn.
Moving forward I will be setting a course of actions to engage students, staff, unions, the School Board and administration in opportunities to continue to work through a restorative dialogue. Please look for information about these upcoming meetings in the near future. Reaching harmony and stability for our district and students will not be possible without the leadership and voices of all stakeholders. I ask everyone to please set aside any grievances and past experiences, and take part in a dialogue about the future we want. We can only get there together.
Superintendent Yaw Obeng