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Blog: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

A Snowy Valentines Wish

By Dr. Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

This week I was at a bit of a loss about the subject of my post. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to write something in honour of the sentiments of February 14th. Initially, I was going to extend a “Happy Valentine’s Day” to some of the teachers whom I just absolutely loved as a child… but never really had the ‘heart’ to tell them how much they meant to me. The timing felt off, but I suppose I can still do that later.

This thought was also prompted by the fact that last week I received an email from some former students who were in my grade7 class, some 30 years ago (has it been that long?!). They told me that at recent a gathering my name came up and they felt compelled to let me know that I had a positive impact on their lives. Most teachers would agree - thank you notes from former students rank very highly in terms of the most satisfying moments in your career! This story certainly would have been an appropriate Valentine’s Day subject, but again it did not seem quite fitting. I imagine that I can also write about that some other time.

It is hard to post a blog this week and not mention the incredible weather conditions we have been dealing with. The massive down pouring of snow over the last five days has been the subject of most conversations I have had in the last few days... Will schools be open? Will they be closed? Will the buses run? Are the roads safe for travel? However, while ubiquitous, the snowy conditions do little to inspire warm sentiments related to Valentine’s Day (Unless of course, you are our dog, Marley, who can think of nothing better than playing tag in the white stuff).

Based on the social media response, I was quite popular among the kids when we first announced that schools would be closed on Monday. Of course, the celebrity was short lived when I announced Wednesday morning that a majority of our schools were back to a regular school schedule. But alas, I finally landed on an angle.

Who do you most appreciate when you are the Superintendent, and are living through the largest dump of snow on record in February? The answer is clear: our Facilities & Maintenance crew! While the rest of us were trying to dig ourselves out of our homes, making alternative arrangements for work, trying to find that last bag of road salt, and threatening our kids to get outside and shovel the walkway, our Facilities Crews were up early every morning this week. They have been tirelessly shoveling school walkways and parking lots at the 50 sites in our District. They have worked long days, and continue to do so all through the weekend.

When they could have slept in like so many of us, they were up and clearing away snow at our schools. And do you know why? Because they know that they make a difference in the lives of our students. They know that our schools are great places for kids and they want to do their part to make them even better. So, without further ado… Happy Valentine’s Day to our Facilities Crew!!

By Dr. Kevin Godden
Dr. Kevin Godden
Dr. Kevin Godden

By Dr. Kevin Godden, Superintendent of Schools

Kevin has been the Superintendent of Schools for the Abbotsford School District since July 2011, overseeing some 19,000 students and 2,500 employees. Kevin is committed to student success in all forms and envisions a school district that can nimbly respond to the ever changing needs and interests of its students.