A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week marks the first week of the interlude between our summer semester and the start of a new school year. During this week, our community has been part of a national conversation about issues which continue to impact public education: unprecedented staffing shortages; unyielding global health pandemic; international supply chain disruptions; persistent racial injustice and social unrest; ultra-partisan political environment; and historic inflation. These challenges loom large but can be overcome by the resilience and determination of our students, staff, families, and community members.
As we begin the month of August, our entire community is engaged in preparations for our upcoming school year. Scholars are maximizing every moment of reflection about upcoming opportunities in the classroom, the arts, and other co-curricular activities. Staff are beginning to catch up with their colleagues to collaboratively refine instructional plans. Families are making plans for their last summer gatherings while discussing strategies for a successful school year. Community members are reflecting on how they might contribute to the success of our schools, students, and families.
As preparations for the upcoming school year continue, it is inspiring to think about our Strategic Framework, particularly our core values. As we aspire to create learning spaces where excellence and belonging (as well as racial equity and social justice) abound, we are inspired to raise our voices in a focused and creative fashion. These core values are not empty words; rather, they challenge us to lift our sights toward the unlimited potential in our community. As we reflect on the talent and promise of our scholars and families, we find the inspiration and resilience to grapple with the pressing issues of today as we co-create a more dynamic tomorrow. Yes, reflecting on our core values reminds us of our larger purpose as a district and community as we race toward an upcoming school year full of wonders and possibilities.
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.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.