It is a tremendous honor to serve the children, parents, faculty, staff and Board of Education as the new superintendent of Cass School District 63. For the past six months, I have had the pleasure of transitioning with Dr. Foderaro, getting to know some of our staff and learning the culture of excellence that is well-established in this great school district. Among my goals in the coming months and years are to work closely with the Board and staff to build upon the district's long history of educational excellence, keep our students and staff safe and secure, and to do whatever it takes to help our students and schools achieve at the highest possible level with total child-centered planning and commitment.
The dedication of our teachers, administrators and staff is incredible, and it is very clear why this school district maintains a stellar reputation. Building on this are our very supportive parents and local community. As educators, we know the importance of parental and community support, and this is a hallmark of Cass 63. Unlocking a child's academic potential needs to happen not only at school, but home as well. Now more than ever, we truly need the active and engaged involvement of parents in the educational process. Parents have always been and always will be their child's first teacher.
Like all school districts, we are faced with many challenges as we prepare to open the 2020-21 school year. Our leadership team is working very hard on this throughout the summer as we make plans for what the start of the school year will look like and what precautions need to be made to keep our students and staff safe. We are also seeking guidance and assistance from our Return to Learn Committee, and will be sending our parents and staff surveys by the middle of July. Please watch for this, as your responses will be very helpful in our planning.