Superintendent’s Message | March 2021

From Superintendent Michael Williams

Hello students, parents, families and friends of the Tri-Valley School District!

I hope this finds everyone healthy and happy! I wanted to take an opportunity to update you on what has been happening at the school. It looks like spring may be finally coming! This has been a difficult winter for all of us, especially in these unusual times, but hopefully it is behind us and we can look forward to longer, brighter days and warmer weather!

Sports are Back!

The winter sports season is coming to a close and I want to thank everyone that had a hand in actually making it happen. At the top of that list is our Athletic Director Jason Closs. Jason is a tireless advocate for our sports programs and our student athletes and worked long and hard to get the winter
season together in a very short time! Even though it was a short season, the athletes got an opportunity to compete against other schools and satisfy some of those competitive fires! Participation was challenging because of COVID guidelines, but our students did remarkably well and represented the
District with pride, as they always do.

Coming up next is our “Fall 2” season, assuming that Mother Nature gives us warmer weather to melt the snow on our playing fields. Our athletes and
coaches will be back at it, preparing for when the time comes to play! The fall season will last until mid-April and then spring sports will finish out the year. All of this is possible because of the hard work and diligence of Mr. Closs!

Be sure to check the guidelines for participation in sports as a spectator for the fall and spring seasons. Attendance is allowed but severely limited!

In-Person Learning

In the area of academics, we are exploring ways to get more students in the building physically and still follow the Department of Health guidelines
related to COVID. Our building administration has done a yeoman’s work to get as many students in as they have, but they are never satisfied until every student that can get in does get in. None of that would be possible without our instructional and support staff, finding new, creative ways to support both our students here and those at home simultaneously (no easy task, I assure you!)

Everyone here is dedicated to providing the best possible experience we can for our students. While nothing short of 100 percent attendance is ideal, I believe we are doing the best we can under the guidelines we are given. As vaccines continue to roll out and we as a country become safer it is my hope that schools will return to some normality sooner rather than later.

Budget Work Underway

Mr. Whitaker and I are continuing our efforts to produce a fiscally responsible budget this year and it is our hope to minimize, or eliminate any additional
tax burden in this year’s budget. Additionally, we are preparing to start work on our 2018 Capital Project, which was delayed due to COVID and hope to “break ground” later this spring. The proposed work will bring immediate impact to the students of the district and we can’t wait to get started!

Cheers to the Support Staff!

Our maintenance and cleaning departments continue their wonderful efforts to keep us safe and healthy, our Whitson’s cafeteria staff continue to feed both our students and our community members and we continue our participation in the “Single Bite” program, providing more food to meal dependent families in our community. So, even though it may seem like things have come to a standstill, we are working diligently to provide our staff, students, families and community the best possible experience we can.

As frustrated as we are and as desperate as we are to return to “normal” (we are too), I ask that you hang in there, stay the course and remember that we are doing the best we can! We all yearn for the days coming without COVID, social distancing, masks and the like. Until that time comes, stay healthy
and happy! Here’s to a wonderful spring of 2021!

Mike