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Madison Metropolitan School District

Weekly Update to the Board of Education 8-18-2022

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

Dear Board Members,

Today marks two weeks before the start of a brand-new school year. As we gear up for the beginning of the fall semester, our community is coming alive in anticipation of a new season and new opportunities. Students are enjoying the last days of summer by beginning to practice for athletic and other co-curricular competitions. Families are completing the final tasks on their back-to-school checklists. Staff are participating in professional learning and other preparatory activities which are characteristic of the season. Community members are engaging in dialogue about how they might best

leverage individual and collective resources to support our students, staff, and families. As we reflect on the possibilities associated with a new school year, we must acknowledge how far our community has traveled together despite the great challenges of the past thirty months: global health pandemic; racial injustice and social unrest; unprecedented staffing shortages; supply chain disruptions; historic inflation; and polarizing political partisanship. Despite these challenges, we are still building momentum for a breakthrough on our journey towards unlocking the infinite potential of our scholars, staff, families, and community.

As we march toward achieving breakthrough moments, we find continued encouragement throughout our community through hearing the voices of our students, staff, families, and other stakeholders. Overwhelmingly, they are attesting to the continued desire for our district to accelerate learning for all students, while addressing the disparities which have plagued our history and temper the promise of our current reality. Hence, our work is truly an effort to help liberate our community from the constraints which have limited the ability of everyone to learn, work, and thrive. What an awesome responsibility and opportunity for service!

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership. I look forward to providing you with further updates on our district’s progress in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.

 

Weekly Update, August 18, 2022