Guest opinion: Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year

2012-08-22T00:05:00Z Guest opinion: Welcome to the 2012-2013 school yearBy TERRY NELSEN BOUCK Billings Public Schools
Superintendent
The Billings Gazette

I am excited to begin my first year with the Billings School District and want you to know that I believe that there is no greater investment in the future than the education of our children. At the Billings School District, we are committed to academic excellence, with vibrant programs, exceptional staff, involved parents and a supportive community. Together, we will create and sustain a powerful and unifying educational focus for all of our students.

The 2012-2013 school year will begin on Wednesday. As students gather at bus stops early Wednesday morning, I ask everyone to please slow down and be mindful of our youngsters. Traffic will be a bit more congested around our schools as parents, students, staff and bus drivers become familiar with new schools, routes and routines. Please contact your student’s school should you have questions, need additional information or simply need clarification. The safety of our students and staff is paramount.

Continuous improvement

This year it is my goal to sustain and improve upon academic achievement for all students, increase parental and community involvement and maintain a focus on continuous district and school improvement. As an educational system, our highest priority is to prepare students for life readiness, which includes equipping them with the necessary skills to take on the challenges and opportunities in their future. As you will often hear me say, the most precious commodity our community has are the students walking the halls of our schools. This is reason enough to continue and improve upon our road map to create a powerful and cohesive commitment to our children.

Strong communications is my promise to families, staff and community members. As a district, we will continue to strengthen communications through our automated phone system, superintendent forums, district and school websites, local media, school board meetings and the monthly Superintendent’s Newsletter. Parents and staff automatically receive the Superintendent’s Newsletter. If you are a community member without children in the district, you will need to register at http://billingsschools.org (under superintendent’s corner).

The community’s schools

Our schools belong to our community, and I want to invite you, the members of the community, to visit schools and classrooms and volunteer your time and talent. I am certain that you will be impressed with the commitment of our staff and volunteers and their dedicated work to support high-quality instruction for every student, every day, in every classroom. I invite you to join me in making this a great year for our students!

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