Superintendent David Lewis says he will use the first 120 days of his job to listen, learn, and build upon the momentum of the Muscogee County School District. Lewis plans to gain a deeper understanding of the district over the coming months.
At the called board meeting Tuesday, Lewis said he had a few ideas of things that could be changed in the district, but he was not ready to share them just yet. He says he needs to evaluate the school district in order to make informed decisions. Over the first 120 days, Lewis said he wants to accomplish one thing more than anything else.
"To build trust and confidence in my leadership going forward," said Lewis. Board members are already confident in his ability to lead the district in the upcoming years.
"We have really picked the best candidate that we found and that's very exciting right there. A good man that might be here for many many years to come," said Board Member Mark Cantrell. He says there is some room for improvement within the district.
"We always hope that the grades will continue to grow. There will be more harmony between the schools and things will just be better in the district," said Cantrell. Lewis laid out the plan to get insight into the other issues the school district faces. The plan lists several action steps over the next 120 days. Lewis says he'll meet with school board members and district staff members to work out improvement plans for the future. Lewis wouldn't talk to many specifics on issues he's seen throughout the district, but he did say there is one glaring problem Muscogee County faces.
"Well clearly the budget is one that stands tall and is an issue that needs to be addressed because that ultimately affects and impacts all programs and personnel," said Lewis. Other things Lewis will focus on during his first 120 days are establishing a district wide student council to give students input on district issues. Holding a district wide orientation day for all employees to motivate them and provide updates and establishing semi-annual town hall meetings for parents to get involved.
Lewis says parental involvement is essential for a successful school district.
"It's going to take all of us working collaboratively to ensure that we make the Muscogee County School District the premier district we all want it to be," said Lewis. He says that collaboration must include the professionals in the district as well as the community at large. He officially starts working tomorrow morning at 8:30am.
Superintendent Entry Plan Summary
The overall objective of this plan is to listen, learn, and build upon the pride and momentum of the Muscogee County School District. The plan has several key components which will occur within the first 120 days.
1. Meet with each School Board member
2. Fill any vacant senior district staff positions with diverse, high-quality talent
3. Meet with senior district staff
4. Meet with district support tea, (maintenance, warehouse, food service, etc.)
5. Strengthen media relations through round table luncheons and establish a schedule for Editorial Boards.
6. Attend school and community-based activities to further connect with stakeholders
7. Hold a district-wide orientation day for all employees
8. Establish schedule of school visits
9. Establish a schedule for semi-annual focus groups within the district
10. Establish district-wide student council with representative student leadership from each high school
11. Establish a schedule for semi-annual Town Hall Meetings within the district
12. Attend community meetings and activities to enlist support, to establish partnerships and to advance the district's mission and vision
13. Institute organizational practices promoting positive culture and climate; for example letters of commendation and recognitions of exemplary service
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