Essex Town

Essex Town

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Wake now, discover that you are the song that the morning brings

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. This is one of the most famous Chinese proverbs, used by leaders of organizations embarking on major initiatives. You may plan and dream all you want about a long journey, but you have to begin somewhere. We may have a grandiose vision or plan for change, but the first step is crucial – getting started!

The EWSD School Board has begun their journey toward a successful merger with our sister district and the level of activity is increasing exponentially. After two board retreats and their first official board meeting on April 5th, the work over the next 15 months has begun to take form. The headliners include: Public Engagement, Policy Development, 2017 – 2018 Budget Development, Board Professional Growth, Labor Agreements and Superintendent Recruitment.

Judy DeNova and I are facilitating several bodies of work which reflect outcomes we must achieve by 7/1/17 including school board organization and development, implementing a new Student Information System, Human Resource and Financial Planning/Monitoring System, Merging Technology Infrastructure, Public Engagement through the Nellie Mae Grant, and forging a new leadership structure and culture between district and school based administrators.

Dan French, Project Manager, has met with Judy and me on two recent occasions to begin framing the multitude of projects we’re engaged in with a goal of ensuring system coherence and a laser focus on student achievement and organizational efficiencies.

Thinking about the journey ahead and what our first steps should be, I’m reassured knowing that we are on this journey together. Initially, it’s not the “how” we do our work that’s most important - rather- it’s understanding “why” the creation of a unified PK-12 system makes sense for kids.

With the future in mind,


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