It is my pleasure to greet you in the New Year as your Superintendent of Schools.
At this time of year, we often reflect on moments from months just passed, and resolve to improve in the months ahead. We take advantage of the start of a new year to create new beginnings. As Superintendent, I have been reflecting quite a bit over the holiday break and thinking about what 2015 should hold for Windham Public Schools.
During my first months in Windham as Superintendent, many need assessments were conducted in areas such as curriculum and instruction, special education, and human resources. I met numerous times with Windham residents, community groups, school families and students seeking feedback on their experience with Windham schools. I have keenly listened to staff member concerns and their vision for the district. On all this, I have reflected, and will be making recommendations to the Board of Education on what our next steps are in 2015 as we strive for improvement and success for all students.
There are some exciting things happening in our district.
In partnership with Quinebaug Valley Community College, Electric Boat, Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance and Eastern Workforce Investment Board, our administration is designing the Windham Early College Experience (Windham-ECO) program. Windham-ECO is a tremendous and exciting step in tapping into students educational interests and ensuring each Windham student graduates college and career ready. Students who participate in the program will graduate from Windham High School with a no-cost associate degree.
The Board of Education continues to develop plan to guarantee all Windham school buildings provide safe and effective learning environments for staff and students. A top priority for the Board of Education is planning for the future of Windham High School. The community can anticipate hearing more about this in coming months.
In response to concerns over the small percentage of minority teaching staff in the district, I formed a committee to examine this issue and make recommendations to the Board of Education. The benefits of having a teaching staff reflective of our student population are far reaching. We are eagerly anticipating the committee’s suggestions in March 2015.
Please visit our website, www.windham.k12.ct.us or like us on Facebook to stay informed of the latest district news. Public schools are one the most valuable assets to a community and the Windham community will benefit as a whole from everyone’s support and involvement.
I am looking forward to collaborating with staff, students, families, and the community in 2015 to build a school system that is the first and only choice for Windham families.