Saturday, December 07, 2013
Office of the Superintendent
As we enter a new school year, I would like to publicly state that I am excited about the new school year and the prospects of success the new year brings. As you know, we have made a number of key changes in both personnel and curriculum that I believe will propel student achievement to new heights. We faced some incredible challenges last year that included the raising of the bar for FCAT. However, we moved forward with our "No Excuses" attitude. While all of our school grades may not have reflected the hard work of students, teachers and administrators, I would like to assure you that we will continue to strive for excellence each day.
Over the past year, we made some strides that we can all be proud of. With the exception of science, our students made significant gains in reading, math and writing. We completed the building of a beautiful new facility that became West Gadsden High School. We increased the number of students participating in programs such as Dual Enrollment and the Corrections' Leadership program. We reduced discipline incidents and began implementation of our Character Education Program. Several of our schools increased an entire letter grade despite the substantial bar increases by the state. In addition, we hired and retained more highly qualified teachers, as well as, created a stronger leadership team at every school to solidify the educational future for all of our students.
Our goals, in part, were reached due to the tremendous support of the entire community. Our business and faith based partners worked shoulder to shoulder with us to strengthen our community outreach and mentoring programs. If we are to truly build a brighter future for our students, we need our partners continued commitment in helping us obtain our goals. Therefore, I would like to invite all interested churches and businesses to become involved in the life changing experience of helping to educate a child.
This year, we seek to increase parental involvement. Research suggests that parents lay the foundation on which a child's future is built. The parents of every child in our district are the most important partners we will ever have. Therefore, we need our parents continued support. We simply will not be nearly as successful if we don't have parents that come to the school often and relay to their children that education is an important factor in their lives. We truly believe that parents are our greatest asset.
I, along with the school board and entire Gadsden County Schools' team, believe that this will be one of our most successful school years ever. We believe that every child can learn and be successful. My job is to ensure that our children learn and are successful and I intend to make sure they do just that!
Reginald C. James
Superintendent of Schools
Chattahoochee Elementary School
Crossroad Academy Charter School
East Gadsden High School
Gadsden Central Academy
Gadsden Elementary Magnet School
Gadsden Technical Institute
George W. Munroe Elementary School
Gretna Elementary School
Havana Elementary School
Havana Middle School
James A. Shanks Middle School
St. John Elementary School
Stewart Street Elementary School
West Gadsden High School
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
Exceptional Student Services
Supplemental Educational Services