We Are In This Together

Dr. Anderson

Dear Gowanda Panthers:

September is almost here and, to be honest, I’ve been focused on and preparing for the first day of the 2019-2020 academic year since before summer began.

Despite encouraging our campus in last year’s back-to-school newsletter to embrace their time on our campus, I nearly allowed my first year as superintendent of the Gowanda Central School District to pass without some sincere reflection.

My first year in this role was a whirlwind. In addition to Homecoming, various sporting events, musicals, plays, concerts, exhibits, ceremonies, celebrations, interviews, hirings, and meetings, some of the highlights of the 2018-2019 academic year include:

  • Our Capital Project was embraced by voters in December and we are planning myriad improvements to our campus. By spring, turf fields will be a reality.
  • In March, we welcomed renowned educator and speaker Ruby Payne to our campus along with hundreds of instructional staffers from Silver Creek, Forestville, Springville and North Collins for a day of professional development. Hosting an event of this magnitude is a huge lift and one that required the cooperation of our entire staff. It was a great day and one of my proudest days at Gowanda because it showcased how well we work together.
  • In May, our budget passed and we gained two new Board of Education members and re-elected a third.
  • In June, we said good-bye to several wonderful educators and staff members and wished them well on their retirements. Students, staff, far-flung alumni and community members offered their memories and congratulations on social media and in person.
  • And as for starting new traditions, we pulled off the first-ever Senior Parade with style and grace. Watching our senior class walk through the hallways of our Elementary and Middle schools as everyone cheered them on made for an exciting and emotion-filled experience shared by all.

You’ll notice a common theme in these highlights: None of it was possible without our campus and community working together. They are all examples of collaboration and cooperation for the benefit of our children.

One of my priorities as superintendent is to keep our lines of communication open. All staff, students, their families and the community to help encourage productive conversations. I believe the Gowanda Central School District is the heart of this community. Your input on how to best keep the public apprised about what is happening on our campus is valued. There is nowhere I’d rather be than Gowanda, and it’s my hope that all our students and all our staff feel the same.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at dranderson@gcslearn.org or 532-3325, ext. 6300. Additionally, the public is welcome at our Board of Education meetings, typically held twice monthly on Wednesday evenings.


Dr. Bob Anderson

Superintendent of Schools

Gowanda Central School District

(716) 532-3325, ext. 6300


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