Letter From The Superintendent – Community
Last Spring, as schools were closing here at home and around the world to slow the spread of the “novel” coronavirus, I doubt any of us appreciated the journey we had just begun. An order to close for two weeks turned into months. Summer plans were ended with stay-at-home orders. Restarting schools required detailed health and safety plans. It quickly became apparent that the seemingly impossible was a new weekly reality. None of us needs to recount the details of these last twelve months; we lived them. However, we also must remember that challenges of the past can also build resiliency for the future.
In mid-March, almost a year to the day since schools closed, thousands of school staff across Pennsylvania received their COVID-19 vaccines. This milestone event, among other indicators, appears to signal the darkest days of the pandemic are behind us. Now, it is imperative that we draw on the lived experiences of a global crisis and refocus on emerging from this pandemic stronger and a little wiser.
In the document linked below, I invite you to explore our roadmap for emerging from the pandemic through our four primary focus areas. This will not be a rapid recovery, but instead, a careful and deliberate process that supports mental health, focuses on academic recovery, and reevaluates projects postponed.
Before reading through these pages, let none of us forget that we are able to look toward a post pandemic future because of the herculean efforts of our families and students, the administrators and teachers, and the countless support staff (secretaries, custodians, bus drivers, food service), and so many more who made learning possible. It has been my humble honor to work alongside them every day this past year. On behalf of the district, I thank all of you.
Dr. Mark Stamm
Superintendent of Schools
As required by the Public School Code of 1949, Act 14 Section 1073.1 (b.1.), the South Williamsport Area School District Board of Directors completed its annual assessment of the Superintendent’s objective performance standards on May 3, 2021. It is the decision on the Board that Dr. Mark Stamm, Superintendent, has exceeded those standards for the 2020-21 school term.