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A word from your superintendent: Richard Jetter

Hamburg Interim Superintendent Richard Jetter
HAMBURG — Within the past few years, the Hamburg Central School District has received some attention from both the newspaper and news media.

Topics ranging from Annual Professional Performance Review challenges to other district-wide changes have set the stage for any stakeholder or outside community member to wonder what is really going on in Hamburg.

The fact of the matter is that all organizations, including Hamburg Central, face daily challenges. What is wise to remember is that it is not necessarily the media’s frequent or non-frequent reporting that defines the worth of an organization, but what we are actually doing, daily, to make decisions and plan for what is best for our students.

Education is an emotional arena and, when emotions run high, it is because everyone has a passion for wanting to do what is right – which can sometimes differ among us all. This is a normal part of life. We all come to the table with our own epistemologies, historical stories and lifetime experiences.

In the Hamburg Central School District, we have so much to be proud of, each and every day.

While Business First is not the end-all-be-all, and school rankings in general often pose philosophical flaws, Hamburg’s students achievement is ranked 10th and its administrative efficiency is ranked second. Our special education programming, academic dedication, extracurricular programming and capital project improvements are just a few things that make us proud.

Our increased intent to move forward with even more curriculum and academic professional development, which especially took off this summer, also demonstrates the dedication that our teachers have, for their craft and art of teaching.

The relationships that we continue to work hard on, spanning our entire organization, starting with our board of education, union leaders, teachers, administrators and parents, will take time to nurture, as it is a work in progress, just like every other school district.

But, what is unique in Hamburg is that, when we are sometimes faced with challenges, we have a path of building up the potential to become even more united and stronger, with a common intent on doing the very best for our students.

You may see us again in the press, or you may not see us again, for a long time. I can say that what is happening behind the scenes in the Hamburg School District is that, when our professionals wake up in the morning, they go into work, intent on doing their very best job.

I, personally, am already thinking about tomorrow.

Local officials who would like to be featured in this column space may contact The Sun Editor Jessie Owen at 649-4040 ext. 255 or

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