Students & Staff Welcomed
A New School Year Is Underway – August 26, 2022
A new school year means new beginnings, new adventures, new friendships, and new challenges. Like our school building, the slate is clean, and anything is possible. All students and staff reported to campus on Monday, August 22nd.
Over the summer, numerous building enhancements, projects, and preventative maintenance were underway. It is always an impressive undertaking for our Facilities Manager, Robert Dolegiewicz, and our facilities department to accomplish during the seven-week summer break. In preparation for the new school year, the floors were waxed, walls painted, and water fountains returned for daily use.
Some projects, like the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC&R) shop renovation, will continue into the fall. With the support of a $225,000 MA Skills Capital Grant, we are enhancing our highly-popular HVAC&R program with new equipment. Combined with labor and student project design, the renovations are taking place without financially impacting our member communities.
Our School Committee members recently received an updated new personnel listing of FY23 Appointments. Mr. Steele pointed out during the August school committee meeting that while the listing is a typical list of staff appointments at BVT, there are no empty seats. At a time when, comparatively, media reports indicate other schools across the country are grappling with staff shortages. Mr. Steele complimented our Human Resources department on their recruitment process.
On Tuesday, August 16th, all of our staff returned to campus with excitement - topics covered included mental health, cell phone usage, and the NEASC visit.
On the evening of Wednesday, August 17th, the Class of 2026 received a warm welcome at the Freshmen Cookout. It was the first cookout held at BVT since 2019, and an estimated 300 parents and students were happy to have the opportunity to attend it.
Our Freshmen Orientation days were held on August 19th and 22nd. All freshmen reported for a full day of school on both orientation days, which included having lunch and practicing the bus routine. On Day 1, students rotated through their seven exploratory shops and met vocational teachers. On Day 2, students met our administrators, faculty, staff, and academic teachers by walking through their academic schedules.
August 22nd was the first day of school for all of BVT. The new school year is off to a great start.