Letter from Superintendent Maass

Dear Community Members,

This week has been a trying one in the state of Wisconsin. I’m proud of my staff for being there for your children this week and continuing to provide them a quality education. Teachers have been trying to put aside their emotion and focus on student learning in their classrooms during this very difficult period. As it currently stands, we are planning on having school as usual, but please check for alerts on our website, television, Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail throughout the week.

Let me share a quote that was sent to me by a staff member earlier today:

“Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movements and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems to close around us.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. 

When there is uncertainty, people sometimes say things that may not be true. Because of this, I’d like to dispel some rumors that have been heard in the community and provide you with important information.

  • There is no “cut” list at the District Office Building. There is a budget reduction list that was created from last year’s budget reduction committees made up of staff from across the district, from clerical to teachers to administrators. That list has been public for a year and many of those cuts have been made to accommodate the annual $6 million school finance shortfall in our district.
  • We are NOT contemplating cutting art, music, and physical education. These are valuable components of a child’s educational experience – and for some kids, the very classes that keep them coming to school. 

Regardless of your political views, my hope is that over the next week our politicians start to model collaboration at the state level and find an option that meets the needs of our citizens.

 Sincerely,

Dr. Gregory Maass

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    • tricia ott/ramos
    • February 22nd, 2011

    I want to thank all of our kids teachers from Kennedy elem to Lombardi middle. Im very happy as well that they chose to be at school everyday to make sure our children can continue to get a great education. My kids have lived in Kenosha WI, and Florida before coming to Green Bay. I have to tell you that Green Bay schools are by far the best schools. I can only hope and pray that everything will work out in the end! Thank you all for puting our kids first to make sure they all get the best education. In my book you all deserive a raise and keep up the great work!

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