A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week, which is the second week of our summer semester, has certainly been eventful. Throughout this week, our students, staff, families, and community members have participated in the traditional activities of the end of a fiscal year: engaging in summer enrichment; completing evaluations and submitting year end reports; advocating for more resources for schools; preparing for needed vacations as well as upcoming holidays; and passing our district’s preliminary budget. Each of these endeavors contribute to our district’s vitality as we move towards breakthrough moments in pursuit of our Strategic Framework’s goals.
This week, we were excited about the board passing a preliminary budget for 2022-23, which provided resources for many of the things we sincerely value, including: academic, social-emotional, and mental health supports for students; staff compensation increases; facilities improvements; and opportunities to engage in the arts and other enriching co-curricular activities. Our community can be proud of how their advocacy and desires for enhancing learning for all students, as well as good financial stewardship, is reflected in this balanced budget. Our community can also be proud of how the board interrogated each budgetary item to illuminate greater understanding of how the proposed spending reflected our quest to ensure all our learning spaces are places where students, staff, and families can thrive.
As we close one fiscal year and prepare to enter another, I would like to thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. I look forward to providing you with updates on our district’s progress in the coming weeks.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.