W. Jeffrey Booker
Superintendent of Schools
Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holiday break with family and friends. As we focus our attention on the second semester, all of us look forward to a time of achievement for our schools.
Planning for 2016 and beyond is underway. This week, we are hosting the first of four Parent Focus Group meetings. The meetings are designed to give parents an opportunity to sit down with me and discuss topics about their child’s school and our district.
The Parent Focus Groups are a continuation of our outreach and engagement efforts that began two years ago with the “Community Talks with the Superintendent” program. More than 1,200 parents, employees, students, and civic leaders participated in the “Community Talks” to provide their thoughts about the future of our schools.
Since first hearing from the community in 2014, we have made improvements in a number of areas including school safety, academic programs, instructional technology, and communication.
It is important for our parents to have a voice in the process to plan for the 2016-2017 school year. Through the Parent Focus Groups, we will gain ideas from our parents to share with the Board of Education during the Board’s upcoming retreat.
Thank you for your commitment to Gaston County Schools. Working together, we will continue to experience success and have many reasons to celebrate in 2016.