As I write this column, it is hard to believe Thanksgiving has come and gone and that Winter Break occurs in just three short weeks - important time for learning. It seems like we were just welcoming back our students for the beginning of school. During the past three months, a great deal has taken place around the district, but most importantly, our staff has been providing our students with an excellent education in a positive learning environment
Student achievement continues to be the number one goal in the district. The district is focusing on alignment of curriculum to the Common Core State Standards. Finances of the district will remain as one of the most challenging administrative issues this school year. Increasing costs with less money coming into the district from Federal and State sources is the root of the problem. We will continue to keep students and their academics the district’s top priority.
As the holidays approach it gives us all a chance to reflect on the past few months. Many great things have happened in our schools and the district. In these challenging economic times, I am extremely thankful that we have a Board of Education that truly understands the need to effectively manage its financial resources so the district can continue to offer all students an outstanding education. Through prudent fiscal planning, but an eye always on educational programs, the board has maintained a high quality educational program.
As superintendent of the district, I often have the opportunity to go to the school to walk around the building and observe classrooms. I am consistently impressed by the quality of teaching and learning that is taking place in our classrooms. I am extremely thankful for the outstanding teachers, classified support staff, and administrators that we have throughout the district.
As 2015 draws to a close and we begin to plan for 2016, I wish you and your family a wonderful and joyful holiday season. Best wishes for a safe December during your Holiday travels!
Brian Cordel, USD223 Superintendent