It is hard to imagine that I am beginning my third year as superintendent. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve our students, staff and community. I have learned a lot over these first two years and one of the best things I've learned is that this is a community that genuinely cares about the schools. This concern is evident by the number of people that attend our school events and by the overwhelming support when we ask for input or feedback. We have been able to make some significant changes in our schools by listening to our community.
One of the changes that will be evident this school year is a change to our grading scale. In the spring, we conducted a survey of staff and parents regarding our current grading scale and the possibility of moving to a 10 point scale. There was overwhelming support to move to a new scale that we believe will benefit our students and make us similar to districts around us.
Throughout the beginning of the 2016-17 school year we will be working with Dejoung and Richter to address the growth of the district. Consultants from Dejoung and Richter will lead the district in devising and implementing a redistricting plan. We will be looking to establish a committee from the staff and community to assist in the process. The goal will be to approve a plan by the end of December 2016 and to initiate the plan in August 2017. More information will be made available on the Teays Valley website as it becomes available.
I look forward to the upcoming school year. We continue to improve everything about our district. We have implemented many processes to improve our curriculum and instruction. We have worked to enhance the safety and security in our buildings. We have also added new curriculum pathways at the high school that will assist our students in preparing them for an ever-changing world. There has also been an ever-increasing emphasis on adding more technology into our instruction.
Our students are priority one in this district and we will continue to focus attention on doing what is best for them.