Northampton Public Schools Superintendent Blog

February 23, 2012 Weekly Musings

Posted on: February 24, 2012

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I am planning to present the DRAFT School Improvement Plan at our March 8th School Committee meeting.  Following our retreat on January 31st during which we generated suggestions for the “Vision” and our “Strategic Objectives,” our ALT team worked to establish suggested priority levels for each objective and we have created this current Draft.  It is clear to see that technology and technology-related goals dominate our direction for the near future.  I feel this accurately speaks to our current state of instructional technology that requires our attention and action.

The key words in our newly drafted “Vision” are: evolving potential, integrity, and challenging learning.  Without getting too deep into wordsmithing, I am hoping this will meet with support because I believe it speaks first to our support for every individual learner, both students and adults, who evolve and grow while goals are reached and re-established.  Secondly, we must achieve all of our work and success with integrity, character, and transparency.  And finally, all of our students and faculty must be actively engaged in challenging learning activities for us to be in a constant state of improvement as a system.  The District Improvement Plan will be available on the website following the March 8th School Committee meeting.

I believe we are on the brink of substantial improvement in our system. Our budget is being designed to reflect these changes and some internal restructuring will aid this development.

I would like everyone to be aware of the upcoming “Gender and Sexuality Diversity Book Fair: A Benefit for Northampton Public Schools.” Educational consultant and author Jennifer Bryan will host this book fair at Bridge Street Elementary School on Saturday, March 31 from 9-11:30 a.m. to raise money for books for our classrooms and libraries.

On a personal note:
I had the wonderful opportunity to visit family and friends in Wisconsin last weekend. Ordinarily, a February trip to WI is not ideal, but it was as warm there as it has been here.

I have enjoyed the pace of the vacation week at work.  The phones are quiet and I have been able to catch up on many projects and details.  We will be in full swing on Monday with school back in session and “Budget Season.”

Brian L. Salzer, Ed.S.

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