As we begin the new year, January is School Board Appreciation Month. As trustees for our schools, the board is responsible and accountable for vision, structure, advocacy, and accountability. Their commitment to public education has a lasting impact on our children and community. And for that, we say thank you!
Recently, I learned one of our graduates from The Outreach Program (TOP), has earned a bachelor's degree. I want to congratulate Mr. Paul Butler on this achievement and recognize that he is the first TOP graduate to achieve a four-year degree. Congratulations to him and his family, and to the TOP staff members who supported him.
A few weeks ago, we experienced inclement weather that impacted our school schedule. There were a number of staff, including custodians and maintenance staff, principals, and our inclement weather team, who worked to keep our schools safe during the freezing temperatures. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to your work and to our students, staff, and families.
In conclusion, a Strategic Plan progress update was presented to the school board at their January 10 work session. I thank our staff for their focus on the priority initiatives and their work to begin implementation. I am confident that with the diligence and dedication of our staff, we will be able to achieve our shared vision. I look forward to the future, and to continuing to make meaningful progress towards our goals.