A message from Superintendent Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.
Dear Board Members,
This week, which marks the sixth week of our 4th Quarter, has certainly been eventful. Throughout this week, our district has continued strategically analyzing the distribution and utilization of policies, practices, and resources which will eliminate disparities and accelerate learning for all students.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of our resources and strategies, we continue to elevate the voices of our students, staff, families and community members. During Monday’s Operations Work Group meeting, district staff and board members continued discussions related to the adoption of our 2021-2022 budget as well as our Big Ideas Campaign for ESSER II monies. Both these discussions examined ways to increase efficiency and innovation as we refine our thinking about accelerating students in a manner which enhances their social-emotional well-being. We realize these, and other, collaborative and strategic conversations can help to build our capacity to graduate all our students ready for college, careers, and the community. If we are going to truly put “our community in the schools and our schools in the community,” we must continually resist the urge to operate in isolation.
Our strategic conversations with staff and community stakeholders are augmented by our intentional efforts to amplify the voices of our students. On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to meet with a student at Stephens Elementary who wrote to me, before we began phasing students back into in-person instruction, about the challenges virtual instruction was presenting to his ability to connect with classmates and benefit from dialogue with peers. This student’s written and oral communication skills epitomize the infinite potential within our district students. As a district, we must understand and build on the practices which shape our successes as we continue our journey towards excellence. Taking the time to strategically reflect on the high-yielding relationships and practices which are occurring in our district can help us reignite the love of learning and gain momentum from the joy of accomplishment.
Thanks for your continued support and partnership. We look forward to providing you with more updates on our district’s progress next week.
Carlton D. Jenkins, Ph.D.