• Dear Balsz Families,

    Thank you for making Balsz the district of choice for your child’s education.  On behalf of our governing board and all of our hard working employees and volunteers, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Balsz community. We know you have many choices when it comes to the education of your child and we are pleased you are placing your confidence in us. All of our schools have high expectations for your children. Our dedication to high achievement for every student in a safe learning environment is even stronger today than when our district was first created in 1888.  We guarantee a curriculum that is conducive to thinking, learning and problem solving and a dedicated staff to assure your child is well prepared for college, career and life.

    The Balsz School District has a long history of serving our community. In fact, our mission is “to empower our students to be globally competitive and innovative thinkers who contribute to their community’s sustainability”. This is why we have created the Balsz Promise Neighborhood to support our students and our community.  Our commitment to our neighborhoods can be seen in the many activities and resources we provide to connect people with our schools and the good things happening within our facilities.  

    This year we will be discussing many new and exciting possibilities for our schools. Our governing board and stakeholders will be developing a new long range plan for our district. Through the “Focus on the Future of Balsz” process, we will develop a list of priorities that can be implemented over the next several years. We will also be discussing the instructional calendar that best meets the needs of our students and staff. Another major discussion will involve the grade level structure of our schools to determine the best configuration for student learning.  I invite you to become a part of the process to determine the future of our district by becoming involved. We have regular Coffee Talks at each school where you can learn more about what is occurring, ask questions and provide your input into decision making at the site level.  I encourage you to join one of our parent organizations who support our classrooms and schools. We also welcome you to attend our governing board meetings which are held the first Tuesday of each month in the evening.  Please see our website for specific dates and times. 

    I am extremely proud of how our staff works collaboratively with parents and community members for the success of our students.  Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled at various times during the year but I encourage you to request a conference any time you have a concern.  Simply call the school office and arrange an appointment.  We place you in high regard because you are your child’s first teacher and greatest asset!  Along with your encouragement and support we make an unbeatable team. We look forward to the opportunity to educate your child and to your involvement in our district.

    Thank you again for your support and for Believing in Balsz!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Jeffrey J. Smith  

    Jeffrey Smith, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Balsz Elementary School District #31