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Weekly Update to the Board of Education 3-31-2022

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 3-31-2022

A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Dear Board Members,

This week marks the interlude between our third and fourth quarters, as our students, families, and staff enjoyed a much deserved spring break. Throughout this school year, our community and nation has continued to wrestle with the uncertainties of our times: COVID-19 spikes; ongoing racial and social injustice; rising inflation; political partisanship; and global political developments which are diametrically opposed to human decency. Despite these challenges, our students, staff, families, and community have demonstrated resilience while leaning forward to embrace new possibilities which are emerging from our new reality.

Throughout this school year, we have witnessed examples of student excellence despite the ongoing social-emotional trauma of facing multiple pandemics. Our students have become National Merit Semifinalists, state champion student athletes, leaders in artistic expression, and emerging advocates for equity and justice. While some pundits, policymakers, and skeptics have refused to acknowledge the need for greater investment in public education, many of our scholars are demonstrating the possibility of exponential returns on community.

During this school year, our staff have embodied the notion of “espirit de corps” as they have supported our scholars and families as well as their colleagues. In the effort to minimize disruption and maximize the chances of continuing in-person learning, staff have worked collaboratively to fill in the gaps caused by staffing shortages. Hence, throughout this year’s journey, staff have gained a deeper appreciation of their peers’ contributions while taking on different duties in substitute and volunteer roles. We salute the widespread commitment of staff to embrace a “next colleague up” mentality!

Throughout this school year, our families and community members have played a role in supporting our students and staff through advocacy and volunteerism. Our district grows stronger by responding to the voices advocating for more intentional strategies to ensure greater equity, excellence, and humanity. Our students and staff have been encouraged by community volunteers who have stepped up to assist our efforts in remaining engaged in in-person learning. Each day, we are seeing more examples of the potential for synergy between our schools and community.

Thank you for the ongoing support and partnership you have provided during our first three quarters. Your advocacy, insights, and leadership exemplify much of what makes our community special. We look forward to providing you with more updates on our district’s progress next week as we begin a fourth quarter which is certain to produce many triumphs and opportunities.

Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.


Weekly Update, March 31, 2022