The short answer is no. If I thought this district failed its students, our children would not be enrolled here. Our kids have great teachers, and they are learning. However, we do have room for improvement and need to take action to be a district that is sought after and meets the needs of all its students.
It is imperative that our district work on its foundation. We are trying to build extra stories on a foundation that was not built for more weight. We need to strengthen the basics before we can effectively add more. We must ask different questions:
1. What do the teachers see as the greatest needs of all students?
2. How can we better empower school staff to meet these needs?
3. What can we do to retain families who are currently unhappy with the district?
4. How do we utilize our stakeholders to make us better?
5. How do we find a high-quality leader to take us to a place of excellence?
We need to ask these questions and be willing to hear the answers so that we can be a district that meets the needs of ALL kids. I am not content to have a good district. I want to always pursue excellence with the diverse needs of all of our students in mind.