SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE – SEPTEMBER, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome back to a new school year! Whether you are first time parents of a new student, or have one or more children returning to school in our Township schools, we sincerely hope that this will be a fruitful and productive school year for you as parents and for your children.
We are pleased to welcome several new administrators to our team in the district this year. At Springfield Township High School, Mr. Scott Zgraggen, a veteran science teacher at the high school for the past twenty-one years, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Principal. Joining him as an Assistant Principal, and also as Director of Athletics and Student Activities, will be Daniel Ortiz. Many parents may recognize his last name, as his mother was a beloved Kindergarten teacher in our district for many years before retiring from service. At the Middle School, Zachary Fuller, who previously worked in our district as a high school Assistant Principal, returns to our district after a two-year stint as the principal of Palisades Middle School in Bucks County. Mr. Fuller will be the Springfield Middle School principal, with Jason Pane, our former high school Assistant Principal, as his Assistant. Finally, although she is not new to the district, Lauren Patterson Davis has returned from her leave of absence from her position as Middle School principal. Mrs. Davis will now be serving as our Supervisor of Educational Services, working under Dr. Damian Johnston, our Director of Special Education and Student Services.
Phase I of our high school construction project has been on-going throughout the past summer. With the installation of the brand new beautiful stadium turf field and new lighting standards, and the new track surface expected to be laid within the next few weeks, we are hopeful that we will be able to hold our first home football game in our high school stadium sometime in early October. Other visible improvements made over the summer include the installation of new carpeting and flooring in the high school library and maker space area, and a new cafeteria floor in the middle school.
Planning continues on Phases II and III of our high school construction projects, including greatly needed interior upgrades being made on our HVAC system. Next summer, work will begin on the changes being made to the high school entrance and parking lots, the auxiliary gym and athletic area entrance, and new fields. Bids for our new K-2 elementary school will go out in the spring of 2018, with construction expected to begin in September of 2018. We are excited to show off the latest design renderings for this project at a community forum planned for September 28, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. in the Freeze Lobby of the high school. At that time, we will be happy to answer any questions about the project.
Wishing everyone a safe, productive, and happy school year!
Dr. Nancy M. Hacker, Superintendent