Superintendent's Corner






December 18, 2018


Dear Parents,

 While I am not sure we will have a white Christmas, we have already had a snow day.  I would like to share the same information I have shared the last few years about the decision to close school due to inclement weather…

 The decision to close school is never an easy one and never one that is taken lightly.  We take into consideration the amount of snow that has fallen, visibility, the timing of the storm, temperatures and wind chill values. If the storm occurs overnight, this process starts at 4:00 in the morning - checking road conditions, checking with the road commission and local authorities, and speaking with local superintendents to discuss what it looks like in their areas and what the plans are for their districts.  With all of that said, our number one concern is always to make the decision with the safety of our students in the center.  We want to make sure that we can transport them to and from school safely, and that the roads are safe for our high school drivers. Please note that if you decide to keep your child at home because you do not feel it is appropriate to send your child, we will always respect and excuse that absence.

 At our December school board meeting, we said farewell to Amy Porritt-Peirce, Denise Reeves and J.T. Inman.  We thank them for their dedication and service to St. Joseph Public Schools.  In January, we will swear in our new board members Rick Dyer, Kathy Weykamp, Brett Wier, and returning member Kerry Wright, and we look forward to the energy and insight they will bring to our board.

 The St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation is on track to fund nearly $400,000 in projects in 2018 that will benefit the academic performance of our students.  The Foundation also raised an additional 1.3 million dollars to fund the Edward J. Todd Innovation Center at St. Joseph High School that will house the districtwide Robotics program.   The Foundation is truly our academic booster club – making a difference and helping in ways that the general fund cannot. The generosity of donors makes this possible and impacts every student in our district.  If you would like to join our team and support the SJPS Foundation, please visit their website at and consider making a gift to their Year End Giving campaign.

 I hope you all have a lovely holiday with your family and friends and we look forward to seeing all of our students return on January 7.

Your partner in education,




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