Back to School - August 2017
Welcome to the 2017/18 school year!
We look forward to seeing your children back in the classrooms in just a week. As we write this, your student will join 95,406 others on August 10th. This year we are welcoming 6,972 new students into the district. 5,697 of those are incoming Kindergarteners.
They are entering a district that will give them a world class education focused on critical thinking and higher order skills needed to compete in a global marketplace.
In the eight months since the School Board approved Vision 2020, our updated strategic plan, we have seen many successes. The School District of Lee County has increased its state ranking from 35th to 30th, the 2nd largest jump ever for our district. We have expanded our pre-kindergarten programs to prepare kids for elementary school, and on the other end of the spectrum, increased our graduation rate.
While those are great accomplishments, we need to do more if we truly want to give our students the education they deserve.
This summer we have been hard at work re-organizing our district and implementing new ideas to ensure the success of our children.
Our Academic Services Division spent the summer training hundreds of teachers. They met to share best practices and strategies to increase rigor in the classroom, while also focusing on student engagement, guided inquiry and more effective teaching techniques.
Our Human Resources Division has been hard at work filling positions to ensure every classroom has a teacher on opening day. This year, for the first time, we offered a New Teacher Academy for Career Changers, a three week intensive boot-camp to help those new to the profession.
Our Transportation Department has implemented software to improve bus route efficiency, reduce ride times and potentially lessen the total number of routes we have, saving taxpayer dollars.
As many of you may have heard, we are joining the fight against the erosion of public education by partnering with districts around the state to fight House Bill 7069. A district the size of ours should be heard in Tallahassee. The interests of your children need to be represented, and we will fight to do that.
All in all it has been an extremely busy summer; and even though they have not been in our classrooms, your students have been our focus. We want to thank you for trusting us with your child and for partnering with us in his or her education. We look forward to the amazing things they will accomplish over the next year.
Gregory K. Adkins, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
School Board Chairman