It is with great excitement that I compose this welcoming letter for the 2017-2018 school year. Your child’s experience in the Wharton Borough Public School District will provide him or her opportunities for positive academic and social experiences within a carefully constructed, safe learning environment. It is paramount that your child’s education incorporates all stake holders, including student, staff and home. Combined with collaborative efforts of both school and home, the district will provide your child the most successful learning environment, allowing each child to reach their fullest potential.
A major initiative of the district has been to improve the education provided the students with improvements in our technological capabilities, programs and devices. With that, the district continues to provide technological devices at a “one-to-one” device to student ratio. Through efficient and cost-effective planning, the schools will now have a Chromebook available to each student.
Additionally, the district has undertaken projects to maintain and enhance the facility as well as benefit the students. In addition to annual cleaning that occurs, the district is also making improvements to the facility and to the security of the school. This summer, air conditioning has been installed in the gymnasium. Also, security bollards have been placed outside MacKinnon and the “Big Toy” playground area. Additional security cameras are being installed throughout the buildings to further ensure the safety of the children and staff.
Each year, the Board of Education works to establish goals for the district. These goals are devised to create an environment that fosters student improvement and provides the avenue for them to reach their fullest potential. Last Spring, the greater Wharton community came together to establish five year goals for the district through the Strategic Planning process. This year’s goals include:
To Increase student achievement by implementing rigorous programs and activities through advanced technology, and creating innovators and self-directed learners to thrive in a dynamic world.
To create a positive, open, and productive environment of respect and resilience that empowers the students and the community.
Maintain a fiscally sound budget and improve facilities while having a positive impact on the students and community.
I, along with the other administrators, am very proud of this summer’s accomplishments and look forward to joining you in the partnership and challenges involved in creating and providing your child learning opportunities tailored to bring success.
Please do not hesitate to share your ideas and concerns with me. I look forward to a successful year, one in which to be proud.
Christopher J. Herdman