Strategic planning, goal setting underway

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I thank the community for supporting the opening of schools on August 30. I have visited all the schools several times and it is good to see students and staff back in the buildings, engaged and settling into routines. I am impressed with how staff works with students to develop their individual academic performance, social and emotional skills. Students are improving their math and English/language arts skills, participating in science labs, using their imaginations to solve complex problems, and much more. It is clear that our students and staff have started the year very focused on improving every day.

At its first meeting in September, the Granby Board of Education was presented with the Superintendent’s 2022-23 Goals that are aligned with the Granby Public Schools Moving Forward Together Strategic Plan 2021-25. Our Vision of a Graduate, which is another foundation of the Board of Education’s strategic plan, sets forth the 21st Century skills we believe the student population should embody and exemplify by their graduation from high school. These documents can be viewed at

The high school building project that includes several new facilities­­—a kitchen, cafeteria, band room, choir room and woodshop—is nearing completion. It is our hope all of these areas will be completed by the second week of November. Once the areas are completed, we will notify the community and invite citizens to tour these new sections.

Due to a national shortage of bus drivers, our transportation contractor, CREC, is recruiting qualified candidates to join its team as bus drivers. CREC is offering a $7,500 sign-on bonus for licensed school bus drivers and $3,000 sign-on bonus for drivers without a school bus endorsement. If you are interested in becoming a bus driver, or know someone who is interested in becoming a bus driver, please contact Penny Manion, CREC Transportation,, or 860-509-3783.

We are continuing to review existing bus routes and collaborating with other transportation providers and school districts to make the best use of the resources available. CREC and our drivers continue to do an amazing job.

A Superintendent Community Conversation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom. Please contact Linda Powell at if you would like to register for this conversation.

I invite you to look on Granby Public Schools’ website at for events that you and your family may like to attend.

I appreciate the community’s support of our work to make Granby Public Schools one of the best districts in the state. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns at 860-844-5260 and follow me on Twitter @GranbySuper.