Subject: Welcoming new administration and school safety
Dear Linden Unified School District Families and Community,
With the start of a new school year comes the anticipation of new beginnings. I appreciate what author Anthony J. D'Angelo says about education, "Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” New beginnings are built on the hard work of the past and the continued efforts to build on them. As we head into a new school year, it is my privilege to introduce to you two new Linden Principals, Todd Dunaway who will be the principal at Linden High School, and Rocio Flores, principal at Glenwood Elementary School. Mr. Dunaway comes to us with many years of experience with Manteca Unified School District. He is excited to be joining the Linden High team and looks forward to meeting all the students and community members once school begins. Mrs. Flores comes with years of experience in Stockton Unified School District and as a child attended Glenwood. Mrs. Flores also has children who attend Linden schools. Please stop by their offices and welcome them to our district.
As we look toward the next school year, I wanted to update you regarding some changes that will happen next school year. School safety is always at the forefront of our minds these days and Linden district is working hard to do all we can to secure our schools. The fencing projects at Glenwood, Waterloo, and Linden Elementary should be completed by September, while at Waverly we will be closing all gates during school hours, which will only leave one opening in front of the office. We added extra staff to monitor the front of Waverly as we consult with an architect to design secure fencing for the front of the school. For Linden High School, all students will need to enter and exit the school off of Front Street. Also, this year, after consulting with staff, Linden Fire Departments, and the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, the district has decided to not allow students to hang out in their vehicles during school hours, for all concerned.
As the school year starts, it reminds me of a quote from Hubert Humphrey “The road to freedom –here and everywhere on earth-– begins in the classroom.” We look forward to the future as we move into this year. As always, if you have any questions or just want to talk, feel free to email me at [email protected] or call my office at (209) 887-3894.