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Bayfield superintendent welcomes students back to school

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Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 12:29 PM

Dear Bayfield School District parents, guardians and students:

On behalf of the entire Bayfield School District staff, I would like to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year. Summer break seems to go by faster and faster each year, but I hope you were able to enjoy summer activities and fun with family and friends.

You may have noticed that a transformation is taking place around the District. As a result of our BEST (Building Excellent Schools Today) Grant and a successful bond election last November, we have started construction on Bayfield Intermediate School (grades 3-5), as well as work to convert Bayfield Elementary School (BES) into a kindergarten through second-grade campus.

Summer work at BES has included construction of a new parent drop-off adjacent to the existing bus loop on the east side of the school. Classroom renovations were completed in the 1997 addition on the north end of the building, and construction of the library and administration additions is in progress. Both projects will be completed and ready for fall 2018. Work was also completed on a new parent drop-off at Bayfield Middle School (BMS).

Please refer to your back-to-school letters from BES and BMS for more detailed information, or you can visit the district's website for site maps with updated traffic plans.

While these projects are very exciting for our district, we realize there will be impacts on our school community. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we transition to the new schools.

I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. The first 25 years of my life were spent in Nebraska, where I graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in business administration, earned a Certificate in Public Accountancy, and worked in public accounting. Since January 2005, I have had the opportunity to serve the District as Director of Finance. My husband, Kendall, and I live in Bayfield, and our two children attend BES. While I realize that some might see my path to this position as somewhat unorthodox, my commitment to education and lifelong learning resulted in me completing my master's of public administration degree in 2013 and an Education Leadership Program in 2014, both through the University of Colorado-Denver.

I currently hold an administrator license from the Colorado Department of Education. Working in public education has led to new opportunities for me to step into this leadership role, and as John F. Kennedy said, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."

During my first 100 days as superintendent, I will focus on a seamless transition of leadership and open and honest communications and actions throughout the district.

I will be working with our administrative team to review and analyze student performance data and identify opportunities where we can improve academic achievement and growth for all students.

Students must drive our actions and decisions.

Thank you for supporting your child(ren)'s education and the Bayfield School District.

Through our continued partnerships, we will focus on continuous improvement for all students throughout the district. We welcome and encourage your involvement in our schools. Please contact your individual school or the district website for more information on ways to get involved.

I wish you all the best in the upcoming school year.

Sincerely,

Amy Lyons, Superintendent

Bayfield School District

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