I feel so fortunate to be a part of the Washoe County School District (WCSD) community. As your superintendent, I am committed to working with you to ensure that all our students are inspired, challenged, and prepared to succeed at whatever path they choose for themselves after graduation.
One of my core beliefs is that our school system becomes stronger when we prioritize listening to our students, staff and families. I have spent my first month on the job meeting with staff and community members, and over the next few months, I will continue to engage and collaborate with all of you, while also analyzing data to gain a deeper understanding of our district’s significant strengths and opportunities for improvement.
Together, we will write this new chapter for WCSD and focus on what matters most—educating our students and strengthening connections within our district and the broader community. I have identified three priorities that will guide this initial phase of my superintendency:
Getting back to basics: ALL students are known, challenged and supported to succeed. Our students are at the heart of all we do. Our primary mission is to put the supports in place for our principals to lead their schools, so they in turn can put the conditions in place for our teachers and staff to educate our students. I will ensure that we are all working together each day so our students achieve academic excellence and graduate prepared to become responsible, contributing members of our community.
Building trust: Strong relationships with families and community. As your superintendent, I will ensure our families and community members feel welcome and heard in our district. With a focus on building and maintaining relationships, I will work with the Board of Trustees and our tremendous staff to make WCSD a trusted organization where two-way communication is the norm.
Creating a healthy, supportive and resilient school system: ALL staff are valued, engaged and successful. Ensuring staff members have the support they need to be successful is essential. Unfortunately, our district’s per-pupil revenue from the state has not been enough to cover inflation, and is much lower than other governmental agencies in our area. In order to secure better pay and working conditions for teachers and support staff, as well as work on key employment issues that have challenged our district over the past several years, I will collaborate with the state, elected officials and our community to ensure long-term organizational financial health.
- Gather critical information about the needs of our students, staff, families, and the community.
- Establish strong, collaborative working relationships within the district and community.
- Assess the district’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities for improvement.
- Create a community network of contacts and resources that will help WCSD improve