Staying the Course
It is a great honor to introduce myself as the Superintendent of Haslett Public Schools. When you receive this, I will have been in my position for forty-five days, and although I have been an employee of the District for the past 12 years as the Director of Finance, my new role provides me the opportunity to bring new ideas to Haslett while preserving the strong educational foundation and traditions of providing excellent learning opportunities for our students.
The strength of Haslett Schools has always been our dedication to the following goals: academic achievement, integration of technology, fiscal responsibility, communication with stakeholders and providing a safe and disciplined environment for learning. I am committed to these goals rooted in past principles. The goals have helped us achieve the grade of A+ . I am also committed to pioneering new frontiers for our schools focused on a changing world.
Haslett Schools has always been dedicated to helping ALL children reach their potential. It is the promise we set forth to our stakeholders. We are aware our future is embedded in modern technology, and the impact digital resources will have on improving teaching and stimulating learning is yet to be discovered. This task will test our ability to adapt our community of learning and continue to ambitiously pursue excellence.
Part of the solution is a qualified work force. Students this fall can look forward to getting reacquainted, not only with our highly qualified veteran staff, but also become acquainted with 17 new teachers anxious to prepare students for college, careers and to become citizens of the world. Our students are our greatest resource and mining their potential is our mission.
During my first 90 days, I will be learning about the wants and needs of our school community. You will see me in our classrooms, on our playing fields and at school open houses and student events. Do not hesitate to approach me, say hello and talk about my new favorite topic - Haslett Public Schools. I am willing to look at us with a new set of eyes and a vision for tomorrow. Our shared passion for our students has been, and will continue to be, the catalyst for pushing Haslett schools to even greater heights.
Aspirations for Haslett Schools includes:
•Continuing to provide our students with a safe learning environment by training staff in crisis prevention procedures and installing additional cameras on our buses and inside and outside of our buildings.
•Continuing to provide our teachers with the latest technology and training to improve learning opportunities for students. All staff will have the opportunity to receive training in blended learning, Next Generation Science Standards and Reading Strategies.
•Pursuing alternate ways to communicate with stakeholders, develop partnerships and garnish support for A+ schools.
•Providing "State of the Art" facilities for learning. The Performing Arts Center renovation will be completed next summer, and we look to the future to renew our operating millage in 2017 and consider a bond issue.
•Continuing to be fiscally responsible . The state has been able to provide more financial support to school districts this year, and it is our hope that trend will continue. Being fiscally responsible is our mainstay.
I am grateful for the support and trust the community and staff have placed in me as I accept the challenge to be the next Superintendent of Haslett Public Schools.
Thanks to the Board of Education and staff for recognizing my qualifications and passion for leading this phenomenal district. You have bestowed upon me the greatest honor that a dedicated employee can receive - the opportunity to serve as its top leader.