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From the Superintendent's Desk - March 30, 2012

Vision 2016 Presentation at the Board MeetingIt’s been a fantastic week.  We started off with a Board meeting, where the Charleston Achieving Excellence: Vision 2016 volunteer facilitators presented their findings from nearly six months’ worth of public engagement on our new strategic plan.  If you’re interested in this feedback—which endorsed the Board’s proposed goals and prioritized teacher effectiveness, literacy, and community engagement—check out the updated Vision 2016 page.  And stay tuned for a rough draft of our plan, which will incorporate this feedback.  Our goal is to launch the plan this spring.

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Congressman Clyburn visit James Simons ElementaryIf we’re going to achieve the bold goals of Vision 2016, we’re going to have to really get behind the plan—which means ensuring our students and teachers have the proper supports, and thinking creatively about our budget.  We want to hear your thoughts.  This week, we kicked off our budget meetings at Cario and St. Johns, and if you didn’t get a chance to attend one of these meetings, please come out to one of the remaining forums (see the “Budget Meetings” page).

Finally, we capped off the week in grand fashion with two major events today.  We had a local Sustainability Symposium, where students, staff, and community leaders gathered to share cutting-edge ideas on sustainability. 

Arne Duncan and students from North Charletson High's State Basketball Championship TeamImmediately after this event, I rushed over to James Simons Elementary to join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Congressman James Clyburn in a stakeholder forum on education reform.  We highlighted the accomplishments of James Simons and CCSD, and we talked about the ways in which we can collaborate—building connections between D.C. and Charleston—to strengthen achievement for every student. Stay tuned for when we post a short video about the event.  

It’s the first time in nearly 13 years that a U.S. Secretary of Education has visited Charleston!   This is a sign of the great work being done by our students and teachers—and everyone who supports them.  We are making great progress, and people locally and nationally are taking notice.