Dear Bath Community,Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!  As we enter another school year, I’d first like to re-visit the goals we stated at the onset of last year and discuss how we are meeting and/or exceeding them.

Improve Communication Through Social MediaWe’ve set up Facebook and Twitter accounts for our district.  The sole purpose is to communicate information highlighting our students, faculty and staff in a more efficient and timely manner.  Please follow us on Facebook at BathLocalSchools, BathElementarySchool, ThePawPrintNewspaper.  Please follow us on Twitter at @BathHS_PawPrint, @BathMidSchool and @ElementaryBath using the hashtag #WildcatNation.  Also, beginning in October, we will transition to our new website.  

School SafetyOver the summer we made significant security improvements to our facilities.  We totally replaced our security camera systems in both our middle school and high school buildings aligning them with the software utilized in our elementary building.  Secondly, we installed a temporary locking device system called Nightlock onto each interior door of the three buildings.  These devices are meant to supplement our ALICE training in relation to any lockdown situation we may incur.  Prior to implementation, we consulted with and received input from our township fire and police departments regarding the device.

Student Wellness and Career PathwaysWe have placed a significant emphasis on student wellness this year offering several new programs and trainings for students and staff.  Also, in relation to career pathways, we are excited for the implementation of three ideas that will benefit students and parents tremendously.  First, at the end of each nine weeks, we will send home a success plan for every child grades 6 through 12 in relation to career exploration and career readiness.  Second, we have started a Career Based Intervention program at the high school where students will receive work-based learning experiences while remaining at our high school.  Lastly, at the middle school, each student in grades 7 and 8 will rotate through a 16-day program exposing them to a career field that includes Health Science, Finance, Law & Public Safety, Information Technology, Business and Administration, Manufacturing, Engineering, Marketing, Education, Construction Technology, Human Services, Agriculture & Environmental Science, Coding and Personal Wellness. 

Fiscal ResponsibilityOur board, treasurer and I will continue to maintain transparency making financial decisions that allocate resources tied to our strategic plan.  Furthermore, we will look to establish a long range plan for our facilities and integrate community feedback in the process.  Our five-year forecast is always available on our school website listed as a link on our Treasurer’s page.  

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to making every child’s experiences here at Bath great ones!  We will continue to focus on safety, student wellness, classroom instruction and career readiness as we move through the school year.  Thank you for making Bath Local Schools your district of choice! 

Have a great year!

Rich DackinBath Superintendent

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