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Dr. John Strycker
Superintendent's Weekly Update
March 22, 2019
Positive Momentum Moving Forward
This past week, I had the privilege to attend a field trip with Greenville High School students to the Lowndes Interpretive Center and Selma to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. There were about 40 students who went on the trip. I was very proud when I received a complement on the behavior of our students and can report that there was not even one incident, including the bus ride, where we had to correct a student for any misbehavior. After the field trip, I was very encouraged by our students, their attitude and behavior.
Considering the entire school system, I remain encouraged at our forward momentum –based upon hard data- that we are blessed to be experiencing at this time. As reported in the newspaper and State of the Schools Report, our student achievement data is greatly improving and discipline referrals are down. While our recent budget reduction process was challenging, I feel that now we will be able to balance our budget during the next fiscal year.
I believe this positive momentum will only accelerate with the administrative team and our teaching and support staff that we have in place. As everyone knows, what starts as a small snow ball at the top of a hill, can turn into a large ball of snow at the bottom of the hill. In short, momentum is everything!
My pledge to our community is to mend any bridges that may have been unintentionally broken through the Ad Valorem election. I take ownership of any stress this election caused our community. This is important to me because in order for us to reach our full potential, we must be united as a community.
It is my belief that once the bridge between the community and school system is at full strength, we will be able to provide the resources and opportunities the children of our community so right fully deserve. Let’s keep our positive momentum going as we finish this school year strong.
I wish all our staff, students and families a safe and peaceful Spring Break,