“There definitely will be a teacher,” he said. “I would rest assured.”
Another parent asked if the Elementary School playground has been reopened.
For the past two years, Paw Print Park has had limited use while the school redesigned features blamed for injuries to two students during recess.
“The playground is open,” Latella said. “I’ve been on it quite a few times and tried the fire pole.”
He also said the new outdoor classroom is also open and was used during summer school.
Catania asked the students what they were most excited about for this year.
Emma Andragna, 9, said gym class is tops on her list, especially playing freeze tag.
“How do you get unfrozen?” the Latella asked the fourth-grader.
“You tag them,” she said.
Justin Briggs, 13, said he is ready for advanced math class this year.
“I’m excited about it,” he offered.
His brother Colin, 17, who is a senior this year, laughed when Catania asked if June 27 (graduation) is the most exciting thing ahead.
“It’s different than the rest of high school,” the teen surmised.
The new superintendent also asked students what worried them most about returning to school.
The kids didn’t express loud or overarching concerns.
But the Wilmington parents said the afternoon bus route — served by a single bus — is often overcrowded with a blend of both older and younger children.
The long bus ride home also hinders access to after-school activities, the parents agreed, because their children are tired from the early morning bus departure.
Catania said they were looking at the bus routes with transportation personnel and would evaluate options for Wilmington students.
Several parents asked if the school was going to continue exploring cafeteria food and menu improvements.
The interim superintendent explained the school has had two food service directors leave in the last three years, but that they planned to pick up from the work already accomplished.