The Katonah-Lewisboro Learning Commitment
In the KLSD, we will strive to create learning experiences for all students that are engaging, relevant, and take place in an active learning environment.
7:00 p.m. - Executive Session
District Office, Conference Room
Congratulations, Valedictorian Joseph Klettner and Salutatorian Oliva Blank!
September 2, 2022
Dear KLSD Community,
We are eager to welcome our students back on Tuesday, September 6th, for the most wonderfully regular return to school in several years. We are excited to greet them, get to know them well, and invite our students into learning that is meaningful, engaging, and fun.
This summer, we’ve welcomed approximately thirty new colleagues to our district. You may have read about teacher shortages across the country. Our counterparts nationally are, in some cases, in dire straits. But here in KLSD we are fortunate to be joined by terrific new colleagues as classroom teachers, nurses, administrators, school psychologists, office support staff, and more. My thanks to all who were involved in their hiring.
This fall, you will be hearing more about a most exciting Capital Improvement Project that, for now, will culminate in a Bond Referendum on October 18. This is our way of saying that it’s time to do some significant work on our school buildings – work that will enhance student learning opportunities and work that will ensure the buildings are as healthy, safe, and sustainable as possible. Last year, a 17-member facilities committee (composed of school staff and community members representing all our schools) thoughtfully deliberated the scope of this project. They met with stakeholders, visited our schools, and reviewed necessary documents. Their work resulted in a comprehensive presentation to our Board of Education in June. That presentation is now available on this one-stop Capital Improvement web page. On September 8, we will discuss the project with our Board again. Then, at Back to School Nights, PTO meetings, and in other venues through the fall, we will share information and welcome your questions. In advance, I thank you for joining us to vote on October 18. If the referendum is successful, construction could begin as soon as the summer or fall of 2023.
As you’re reading this letter, tryouts and practices for sports have been underway for some time. This week, our schools were open to students and parents for a variety of visits and orientations. We welcomed all our staff back yesterday for a full day of learning, meetings, and preparation. All of these events have taken place in-person and this brings us only great joy. The most recent COVID guidance from NYS and the CDC allows for this “return to normal” while keeping us mindful of healthy behaviors. You can read here about our COVID-related practices for the coming year.
I wish all our families and all my colleagues a happy and healthy Labor Day weekend. I can’t wait to see our students on Tuesday.
Andrew Selesnick, Superintendent of Schools