Teachers both old and new in the Central High School District were welcomed at the annual Superintendent’s Conference Day held at Calhoun High School on Aug. 31.
Twenty-seven new teachers sat amongst hundreds in the auditorium as Superintendent John DeTommaso addressed the district’s vision of One Voice, One Message and this year’s goals.
“This district is closer than ever to being thought of as this one, tight unit in the way that schools and colleagues are working with each other,” DeTommaso said. “We are all part of one group.”
DeTommaso also emphasized the new opportunities available for students this coming year, including a broadcast journalism program at Mepham and a culinary arts & hospitality program at Kennedy .
“Talk about bringing the district together and having choices,” DeTommaso said. “This is expanding educational opportunities for kids.”
DeTommaso also unveiled the district’s new mobile application to the group.
“Two years ago I promised you we’d become a technological powerhouse,” he added.
In addition to the development of the app, the district has opened iMac labs in the high schools this school year, every computer in the district will be less than one year old by mid-fall and 150 new flat panel screens will be incorporated.
“Technology is not the tool, it’s just another tool,” he said. “And we back it up with the professional development to help you [do your jobs].”
Other key items coming to the district include new science labs, new bathrooms in the high schools and central air conditioning, all components of the capital improvement bond approved by the community two years ago.