Back to School – January 2013
I hope that you have all had a great holiday season! Welcome back from your Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Recently, I addressed the CCSD Board of Trustees to give them a “State of the District” report. In that report I said that I have been very impressed with the staff, faculty and administration in the district. I consider it a great opportunity to work with this team of professionals on a day-to-day basis.
In my comments to the Board, I discussed the challenges before us during the remainder of this school year, and, of course, many of these challenges will extend to future years. I named four challenges that I consider most critical. I would like to briefly mention them to you.
First, is the challenge toward academic excellence at every level in our school district. We are in the midst of the transitional year moving from “No Child Left Behind” to the “Common Core State Standards.” Principals and teachers continue to place wide emphasis on professional development and techniques and strategies to provide the best possible educational experience for students.
Secondly, the challenge to create an atmosphere of conscientious budget oversight and planning is before us. Over the next few months, employees and many community members will be involved with the budget development for the coming fiscal year. I have pledged to the Board that the final product will follow a methodical timeline, will consider cuts at every level, and will be fair and equitable.
And finally, communication within the district and with our community is critical. My goal is to continue to keep my door open, emails and phone calls flowing, and school visits often. It is also a major goal of mine to broaden our efforts to convey a welcoming message to Naval Air Station transfers and their families.
CCSD has been a great workplace for me the past few months and will continue to be until the end of the school year. Nevertheless, it is my objective to take the lead in a search for the new superintendent of schools. My goal is to provide district employees and community the opportunity for input into the selection process, and hand off to the Board a pool of well qualified candidates to choose from.
Let me make one final important comment about our school district. The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut brought to the forefront the issue of safety in our schools. Soon after the shooting, I reminded principals, teachers and staff of the importance of being vigilant in regards to the safety of our children. I was pleased to see the precautions already in place and implemented by our school officials. I have expressed my sincere thanks to local law enforcement for their proactive approach to safety in the schools. But, with this tragic reminder, we continue to look for new and innovative ways to assure the safety of our children. Providing a safe educational learning atmosphere for our students and teachers will always be our ultimate goal.
May you and your family be blessed with a happy and productive 2013.
And GO GREENWAVE!
Bus Scharmann, Superintendent