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White Plains Public Schools

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    Dr. Paul R. Fried
     Superintendent of Schools
    5 Homeside Lane
    White Plains, NY 10605
    (914) 422-2019   Fax: (914) 422-2024
    e-mail: 
    paulfried@wpcsd.k12.ny.us 

    Superintendent’s Message
    August 28, 2015
     
    WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL
    REMINDER: THE FIRST DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS IS
    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
     
    Dear White Plains School Families,
     
    It is with a great deal of pride that I begin the 2015-2016 school year as your new Superintendent of Schools. I am very honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve the children, parents, and community of this wonderful city. We will welcome your children to their schools on Wednesday morning, September 2nd.
     
    As I enter the school district I am aware of the great traditions that have been established by the past generations of educators and community members who preceded me. I respect these proud traditions and will honor them as we look toward the future. The district has a long history of strong teaching and dynamic parent involvement, as well as a culture of collaboration among all of the district’s stakeholders. My goal will be to listen well, communicate clearly and often, and build trusting relationships with everyone involved with our children.
     
    It is important that I provide strong leadership in order to support our excellent educators, involved parents and community partners. I plan to do this while creating a culture of caring, collaboration, and acceptance for all.
    This summer the district has been involved in a variety of projects designed to improve our facilities, all planned as a result of the 2012 bond which was approved by voters. In addition to interior painting, electrical upgrades, window replacement and exterior paving, some of the significant projects were:
    • Districtwide: continued technology upgrades
    • Church Street: Green House installed and ventilators upgraded
    • George Washington: steps and sidewalks repaired
    • Mamaroneck Avenue: new HVAC installed in auditorium
    • Post Road: exterior security cameras installed
    • Ridgeway: repaved driveway, new HVAC installed in auditorium
    • Eastview: relocated classrooms for next phase of construction, new security cameras installed
    • Highlands: renovated gym and bathrooms, replaced roof, new security cameras installed
    • High School: renovated auditorium with new seating and air conditioning, renovated fields
    • Rochambeau: replaced sidewalks, improved parking area
     
    While we have accomplished much over the summer, we have also had some delays. Schools will be ready to open, although some projects have not been completed. One example of this is the extensive bathroom renovation work at Highlands. When the school opens we will have 8 bathrooms ready for our students (4 for boys and 4 for girls). The remaining 6 should be completed by October. While not ideal, the eight open bathrooms will be able to accommodate our children at Highlands.
     
    While we understand that some project delays may be inconvenient, much has been accomplished. Please be patient as we complete the work, which will benefit the children of White Plains for years to come. Thank you for your cooperation.
     
    The written mission of the White Plains City School District is “to educate and inspire all students, while nurturing their dreams, so they learn continually, think critically, pursue their aspirations and contribute to a diverse and dynamic world.” All of us – school staff, our parents, and the entire community - play a role in accomplishing this mission. Please join me in the education of our children.
     
    I welcome you to the 2015–2016 school year. I look forward to partnering with you to further enhance a district and community that is truly passionate about the education of its children. I wish you and your children much success in the year ahead.
     
    Best regards,
    Dr. Paul R. Fried
    Superintendent of Schools