Winter 2014 has arrived with some very special gifts for Southeastern Michigan- the snow, wind and cold will certainly provide challenges for comfort and travel in the coming days. Know that your safety is our primary concern, please take your time on the roads, and stay indoors when necessary during this severe cold.
Having a snow day on the first scheduled day of our return from break extends the holiday for some and poses some very serious challenges for others. I want to say a special thank you to our campus maintenance crew: Ray Boyl, Vern Arnold, Frank Locascio and Ryan Boyl for battling the snow and cold on our behalf. Staying ahead of the weather conditions means early hours, hard work, and constant vigilance. We are so fortunate to have these gentlemen looking out for us and caring for our well being.
We know that closing school causes a variety of issues for families and we are not capricious in making this decision. We will use good judgement in deciding when to close school. The safety of our community members on the roads and our students, faculty and staff on campus is what guides our decision making process.
I am eager to welcome you back to school and to begin the new year. There are so many amazing projects, events and activities ahead of us in 2014. I hope each of you had a restful and rejuvenating break filled with friends, family and happiness. I look forward to catching-up with you and hearing your stories and experiences. In the meantime, please stay warm and stay safe.