Superintendent column: Don Wood, Bushland ISD

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Bushland ISD is gearing up for a new and exciting year. We have been focusing on our vision, “Bushland Students Today, Leaders Tomorrow,” and planning our entire year around this theme. The board of trustees along with district administrators have met on several occasions to develop strategies to move this agenda forward. The following are just a few of our top priorities: (1) Focus our instruction to ensure college readiness for all our students at every grade level; (2) continuation and enhancement of student focus programs such as robotics, dyslexia, Empowering Writers and extracurricular activities; (3) seek out and develop educational partnerships with area businesses; (4) partner with Bushland Education Foundation to allow local residents and businesses to participate in providing educational opportunities that otherwise are not available due to the lack of funding the state provides; (5) remain on top and be winners in all that we do.

 

Bushland ISD has always prided itself on providing cutting-edge programs and technology for our staff and students. This year is no different. We continue to enhance and upgrade our programs and facilities to meet the needs of an ever-changing society. By providing career and technology programs based on student needs, Bushland has state-of-the-art equipment to support this area. We have a one-to-one program that provides a technology device for every child. By doing so, we are preparing our students to be technologically ready to face the world when they graduate from Bushland High School.

There are a couple of facility enhancements worth mentioning. One is the installation of lights for our softball and baseball fields. This project was primarily accomplished by generous resident donations and volunteer work from local patrons. This community service project is estimated to be around $270,000 to $300,000. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

The beautiful xeriscape project in the front of the elementary school has been provided by a grant from the High Plains Water District. The dreams of this Education Garden have been fulfilled by the efforts of the staff and community volunteers. Michael Hall was the landscape architect from the Texas Tech University Masters Program.

Note to new elementary parents to the district: There will be an open house for you to tour the building at 6:30 p.m. Monday. We hope that you make plans to come out and ask questions about routines, drop-off/pick-up procedures and, most of all, learn about opportunities to become part of our family.

Note to all residents: Please make plans early and prepare yourself for the upcoming scheduled Interstate 40 bridge construction project. The underpass at Bushland Road and I-40 is scheduled to be shut down beginning Saturday. To get from the north side of I-40 to the south side (or vice versa) you will have to travel east to Arnot Road or west to Atkinson Road. A minimum of eight additional minutes will need to be allotted if you have to go around. This project will last a projected 10 weeks (weather permitting), or as long as the entire first semester.

On your mark. Get ready… Here we go!

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