The start of a new school year is upon us! The fireweed is almost open to the top and students will be back in class before we know it. This year, KPBSD is going to update the long-term strategic plan. This document is very important in framing the direction we will go to better educate our students. Considering the immense changes coming in Alaska economically and the U.S. through the Every Student Succeeds Act, the update is very timely. We will have the opportunity to develop a plan that will help our students grow while addressing some of the greatest challenges this state has ever experienced. We will have the opportunity to build a great educational system for all of our students through a new federal law that offers much more local control.
Our focus right now is on making sure our students and staff gets off on the right foot on August 23rd. Our long- term vision is to lead our schools and communities with confidence and optimism through uncertainty. The key to this leadership is to listen, make decisions in the best interests of students and provide support to all during significant change. While this may be the most challenging fiscal crisis in the history of Alaska, we can teach our children how to meet the challenge and succeed despite the obstacles and fear. Our children are counting on us and this is a great opportunity to model for them how to turn problems into opportunities. I am confident we will be able to continue to educate and prepare our students well for their future.