The summer of 2012 may very well have been the busiest summer ever for Lake Washington School District. All the final work on preparing schools for a new grade configuration had to be completed. That meant everything from finishing additions at Eastlake and Redmond High Schools, moving Northstar and Renaissance Middle Schools to new quarters, and working on the new STEM School, to moving 1936 boxes of textbooks and library books, to helping schools get ready to welcome new students and new teachers. We also had three new elementary school buildings opening through our modernization program, and we made preparations to get laptop computers in the hands of all our secondary students by the end of December.
Despite all these changes, we had a very smooth start to the school year. During the month of September, as in every year, there were issues to be resolved here and there. However, we actually had fewer calls to the superintendent's office than in a "normal" year. I believe the smooth start was a direct result of all the hard work that so many people did to get ready for this extraordinary year.
Now that students are back and school is underway, it is a good time to review my goals for the school district. As the new superintendent, I think it's important for parents to know where we are going and why. In this column, beginning now and continuing in the coming months, I plan to highlight these goals and describe how you as parents can be involved.
As superintendent, my commitment to the school board and to the community is to develop a five-year strategic plan that highlights district direction, performance and innovation. I want to start by making explicit my five strategic goals for our district, which directly connect to our mission and vision.
- Academic success for every student
- Safe and innovative learning environments
- Highly effective personnel
- Community engagement and satisfaction
- Effective use of resources and fiscal responsibility
In today's column, I want to delve into the first goal area above. As a school district, our first goal must be academic success for every student. Our mission is to ensure our students graduate, and our goal of academic success for every student is key to fulfilling our vision of Every Student Future Ready. Continue Reading >>
Source: "Currents," Council PTSA Newsletter, Fall