Greetings, Big Reds!
Welcome to the new school year. The start of each school year always brings anticipation and excitement. This year has the potential to be truly transformational for our district! For the first time since 2010, we will not be opening under the cloud of Fiscal Emergency. As a district, we are moving out of survival mode and beginning our journey to become an even more impactful learning organization.This is a journey, not a destination. We will have bumps and detours along the way, but we will get there.
Successful organizations recognize their core mission and make it their focus. Our core mission is learning. To that end, we are going to reexamine our priorities and realign our focus. Our journey begins by identifying the practices that have the greatest impact on student achievement; if it does not have a positive impact on student success, then we will stop doing it.
Our curriculum continues to advance with the addition of STEM focused courses, blended learning opportunities, and college credit plus. We continue to implement our one-to-one computer aided instruction program. We were able to advance its implementation by one full year. Following the passage of our operating levy in May, we restored K-8 art and music education--promises made, promises kept.
The Board of Education monitors the district finances closely to make certain all expenditures are made within budgetary limits. For example, the middle school gym restoration was possible through voted Permanent Improvement Levy dollars and donations, not general fund dollars. The Board is committed to never going back to the days of overspending.
GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN BELLAIRE! SPIRIT, PRIDE AND TRADITION are alive and well!
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin
Darren Jenkins, Superintendent