Superintendent's Message
Over the last three months, the Board has held numerous meetings listening to reports and recommendations and making decisions on topics such as the Strategic Plan, budgets, tax levies, District assessment data, equity work, and curriculum. Parents and community members have shared concerns, asked questions, shared celebrations and praise, and encouraged the district to continue to strive to make the district and its schools even better for ALL children. The Board has asked important and thoughtful questions, set high expectations and guiding policies and continued to work together for the betterment of the District. The administration and staff have sought to listen, analyze, and make adjustments based on feedback and best practice. Many things have continued to improve and our students continue to grow and learn.

While it is always nice to hear good news and support (and I think we probably all need to get better about sharing the positive stories as we seem to be surrounded by so much negativity), it is important to hear the concerns and ideas from our community and stakeholders. Part of the educational process is exposing children to ideas and work that forces them to ask themselves questions like, “What does this mean to me, to others, to my community, to my country.” Families are the first and most important teachers of their children. They remain crucial “teachers and coaches” to their children well into young adulthood, some would argue that they are lifetime teachers and coaches.

In the same way, schools need parents, family, and community members to help us with our ultimate goal of educating our students. Sometimes this process is messy, sometimes it is contentious, but it should always be focused on the ultimate outcome: A strong educational system that prepares children for a rapidly changing world where they will one day be an adult and need to make substantive decisions.

As we wrap up another calendar year, I want to thank the parents who have supported the district and its children and teachers in so many ways. I want to thank the people who have asked the hard questions, who need more information to stay informed, who have sought to become more involved, to help forge the future of our district.

I am proud of the work our teachers, administrators, school board and various district committees have done to get us where we are today. We will seldom agree on all of the strategies, but I am hopeful that we can all agree that our number one goal is to send educated, compassionate, kind, forward-thinking children on to secondary school.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!