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Continuing her drive to reach out to interested Greece residents, new Superintendent of Schools Barbara Deane-Williams has scheduled public focus groups this month and next to talk about the district’s direction and goals.
“As I started my entry plan and began meeting with stakeholders, one of the common themes that came up early on was a desire for people to pull together and look at our opportunities to move forward in a positive manner,” said Deane-Williams, who took over the 11,800-student district on July 1.
The meetings will help Deane-Williams identify Greece’s community vision and values.
An executive summary of her 100-day entry plan — subtitled “Access to Success: Every Student, Every Day. One Vision, One Team, One Greece” — is posted on the Greece Central School District website.
In a district marked in recent years with high-level administrative turnover, flagging state assessment scores and an unspectacular graduation rate, Deane-Williams said a main focus is on increasing student achievement. In coming months, she plans to develop and make public district goals.
“The expectation will be for continuous improvement,” she said. “As a superintendent, I am truly focused on having our students achieve on-time graduation, and ensuring that those students are college or career-ready when they graduate from Greece Central.”
As part of her continuing efforts to make the district more open and accessible, Deane-Williams said the district’s website will be redesigned to make it easier for community members to navigate.
The district is investigating ways to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter in order to become more responsive and communicative.
“We’re also looking at ways to increase interactive dialogue,” she said. “I’m taking some time to develop community and parent survey tools, so folks who have no interest in focus groups have the opportunity to use digital tools (for) their input.”