Dr. Grate Letter – 2015-16 Annual Report
In March of this year our Board of School Trustees confirmed my appointment as the next superintendent to lead Westfield Washington Schools beginning July 1, 2016. I am honored to be chosen for this tremendous leadership opportunity to serve Westfield Washington Schools and our community.
The deep commitment and passion for public education in the community of Westfield is what attracted me to this position. I have a great deal of respect for the many opportunities provided for students and the district’s outstanding reputation for success, with an intentional focus on meeting the diverse needs of our students.
I have developed a three phase plan to ensure a smooth transition in leadership. The following phases are interwoven and will build upon the momentum established for continuous quality growth by our highly dedicated and competent team of employees, as well as partners in education:
1. Listen and Learn
2. Engage and Energize
3. Synthesize and Strategize
Since March I have had the opportunity to do a lot of listening and learning. I have been delighted to tour the district and to meet many stakeholders, as well as learn about the district’s programs and initiatives. I would be delighted to meet and/or speak with any community member or group, so please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am looking forward to engaging with the stakeholders of the community and becoming a part of the fabric of this rapidly growing city. Together we will have three important goals on the horizon: addressing growth and the need for space in our schools, renewing our operational referendum, and updating our strategic plan to build upon the quality education programming and to prepare our students for life in the 21 st century.
Together we will grow and work together to expand upon a strong tradition of academic excellence and continuous improvement!