It’s hard to believe that first semester is coming to an end. Our high school students are beginning exams, and our middle and elementary schools are in the mid-year benchmark season. It is this time of year when we pause to reflect on what’s going well and areas we have for improvement. It has been my goal as superintendent to serve Newton-Conover with an emphasis on strong relationships, transparency, communication, and stakeholder input. Last year, we conducted needs surveys with staff regarding professional development; climate surveys with students, staff, and parents; and met quarterly with student advisory, staff advisory, and parent advisory groups. In an effort to better gauge the perceptions of our stakeholders and the needs of our community, we have also met with community and business partners as well. We have shared the data and information collected from these advisories and surveys with our school board and have made improvement decisions based on input from each of these meetings and surveys.
As we begin the second half of the 2014-15 school year, we intend to refocus again on transparency, relationships, communication, and stakeholder input. In an effort to ensure transparency and clear communication, highlights from our weekly Executive Leadership Team meeting will now be available for all NCCS employees every Monday on this Google Doc. Furthermore, to ensure more stakeholder input, Ms. Mullins will be facilitating the inception of a Newton-Conover City Schools Curriculum Council. This council will meet quarterly to discuss and inform curriculum, instruction, professional development, and teaching and learning opportunities. Members will provide input on instructional decisions and will serve as a liaison between the district and schools.
My goals as superintendent are to focus continuous improvement, to capitalize on the strength of our student and staff diversity, and to ensure there is clear communication and input between and among all of our stakeholders. Newton-Conover deserves our very best. Our students, our teachers, our staff, our parents, and our community all benefit when we grow. Thank you all for your part in ensuring that you also foster strong relationships, transparency, communication, and stakeholder input, regardless of your role in this district. An emphasis on these qualities will strengthen the foundation that we provide for our students and their families here in NCCS.