Superintendent's Message

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.  – Abraham Maslow

Those are the words that guided me this past year as I became the superintendent of Bexley City Schools.  Those are also the words that I shared with our staff last August as I asked them to be bold in their thinking about what we could do for our students.  As I reflect upon this past year, I can confidently say that it has been a year of growth for all of us, and one that has positioned us for even greater growth and accomplishments moving forward.

This past year has been one of listening and learning for me.  I made it a priority to develop an understanding of our district’s strengths, as well as challenges, in order to provide leadership to guide our future.  Over the course of the year, we conducted surveys of staff, students, parents, and community members on a variety of topics including technology, reading instruction, and electronic report cards. We also conducted a scientifically designed, public opinion survey of our district with Fallon Research and Communications.  And, I held almost 100 meetings with groups or individuals in my first seven months on the job.  All of this data-gathering was then used to direct our next major effort: strategic planning.

In partnership with Leadership Excelleration, Inc., Bexley City Schools began a comprehensive communitywide strategic planning process in March.  In addition to the data already gathered, LEI solicited input and feedback on our district’s strengths and areas for growth.  Over 300 students, faculty, parents, and community members were invited to participate in one of nine focus groups.  Additionally, over 3000 students, faculty, parents, and community members were invited to participate in an online survey, which was also designed to gather feedback on strengths and opportunities.  Thousands of data points were collected and organized by theme.  That data was shared with the Board of Education, the Strategic Planning Team, and the District’s administrative team for their reaction.  Finally, after three months of data gathering, the Strategic Planning Team began writing the strategic plan, which is organized around four bold themes:

•    Build upon a student-centered culture of learning

•    Open doors that lead to flexible, expansive future opportunities

•    Leverage and grow vital community relationships

•    Develop a high-performing team

The completed strategic plan will be recommended to the Board of Education at their August 20, meeting.  This new strategic plan will include updated vision, mission, and values that are informed by the many who participated in the process.  Further, the strategic plan will serve as our Bexley Blueprint guiding us to engage, equip, and empower each Bexley student both today and tomorrow.  It is our goal to be a learning and growing school district.  It is our goal to be Bexley Bold!