• Office of the Superintendent


    Joel Freer, Superintendent
       Sarah Dudley-Lemek, Asst. Superintendent
       Dr. Patrick Boyd, Asst. Superintendent for PPS and Human Resources

       Carly Jacobsen, Administrative Assistant, cjacobsen@highland-k12.org

         (845) 691-1014 - Main Office
    (845) 691-1039 - Fax 


    Dear HCSD Community,

    Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year – a school year that we hope will return us to a sense of normalcy on most levels as we transition from hybrid and remote learning last year, to a full five day in-person experience for all faculty, staff and students in the coming week.

    We have learned a lot from the experience of having to pivot back and forth between the hybrid and remote models last school year. Thank you to the entire school community for the patience and understanding shown as we navigated those uncharted waters. Now, as we begin a new year, we can take many of those experiences and build upon them to strengthen learning experiences and increase efficiencies across the district.

    Teachers became quickly versed in online platforms so students would remain actively engaged – Zoom, Schoology, Seesaw and other platforms were instrumental in making this happen. Electronic devices were made available to all students so that connectivity with school could happen seamlessly. School systems were rethought and adjusted to increase efficiencies such as with attendance, arrival/dismissal and communication. What began as an inconvenience helped to reconfigure thinking and services within our schools. Much of what we learned in the last year will continue to be used to keep us moving forward.

    Finally, I would like to express my deepest appreciation for all the positive wishes I have personally received over the past few months since my appointment as the new Superintendent of Schools was announced. The relationships that we as a community have forged over my last seventeen years with the Highland Central School District help to ground me and keep me motivated to push us in the direction where all students can reach their goals and aspirations. My pledge to the community is to work hard every day to provide opportunities for our students to grow their curiosities and reach their dreams. Highland has always been and will always be the place where “Students are the Priority.”

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Joel E. Freer, Superintendent of Schools

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