Dr. John Strycker
January 10, 2017
Our Future Looks Bright!
I am very encouraged this morning after my morning walk-through at Greenville Elementary School and after the awards program at W.O. Parmer.
I am very proud of our Greenville Elementary staff, volunteers and parents for the outstanding work being done to improve the building. The renovated restrooms look awesome (each restroom has a separate theme) and the hallways are exciting with the new murals. I also learned that the school just received a grant to now improve the library/media center! Wow…between these items and the new playground being constructed this spring, we have much to be proud of.
More than that, I am proud of the students in both Greenville Elementary and W.O. Parmer for greeting me each week, as I walk through the building, with a handshake (and a hug from most of them). The majority of these elementary students can now look me in the eye and greet me with a friendly but firm handshake. While this may sound small – it is not! Such a greeting demonstrates self-confidence which is a foundation to leadership.
I must also congratulate all of our Greenville Elementary and W.O. Parmer students for their honor roll and perfect attendance honors. We are very proud of you!
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank our Board of Education members for their time and dedication to serving our school and community. This month is National School Board Appreciation month.
I have been a Superintendent for over 13 years and I have witnessed first-hand that being a school board member is not easy. In fact, it is “all-consuming.” By “all-consuming” I mean that serving on the board can be an emotional, physical and mental challenge. There is a tremendous time commitment above-and-beyond their jobs and family. Hard decisions are often made by board members. Because of their commitment to our schools, those hard decisions can often cause stress to themselves and their families. I so appreciate their willingness to continue to make those decisions and to do what is right for the children within our school system.
Our Board members truly care with all of their hearts. Thank you Butler County Board of Education members for all that you do for us. We are grateful!
Have a great day,