Superintendent's Message

Thank You to the Meridian Community

jeverett Mon, 07/02/2018 - 3:24pm
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July 2, 2018

 

Dear Meridian Students, Parents, Faculty, Staff and Residents,

It is a great privilege for me to serve as your superintendent and I look forward to meeting you and working with you during the upcoming 2018/2019 school year – and many more years to come.

I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the months of March through June attending school board meetings, visiting with many teachers, building leaders, parents and community members. I appreciate the time our outgoing superintendent, Mr. Tom Churchill, was able to spend with me. My transition into the Meridian School District was – and continues to be – very positive and welcoming, and I thank you all!

My intention from my first day forward is to build upon the tradition of excellence Meridian has come to represent. Through an unrelenting commitment to students, collaboration with all district stakeholders, transparent communication, as well as a high level of candor and sincerity, you have my word my decisions will always be made with our students’ best interest at heart.

There exists an outstanding opportunity to meet all students where they are and move them forward into a bright future. As educators, it is our responsibility to prepare our children for this future, to help them build a post-secondary plan that readies them for whatever path they choose to follow into adulthood. There is always a good deal of work that must occur in the district during the summer months. Aside from prepping the facilities, hiring, bargaining, creating schedules, and preparing for our students’ excited arrival on opening day, we will also be identifying districtwide goals and initiatives which will drive all we do.

Prior to my official start on July 2nd, I spent time this spring listening and learning, meeting people who all share the same passion for championing student success. What I learned already, and will continue to learn, will help our leadership team shape and embrace district-wide goals that will immediately focus our efforts towards excellence. In my entry plan, I further identified goals for my first 6 months to guide my understanding:

  • Foster a smooth and successful transition of leadership while building relationships with stakeholder groups in support of student achievement.
  • Increase personal knowledge and understanding of the Meridian School District and community including its culture, traditions and history.
  • Ensure multiple perspectives and voices are heard with respect to the strengths, challenges, and goals of the Meridian School District.
  • Review organizational structure, climate and key work priorities to ensure alignment of resources, efficiency and effectiveness in meeting the educational needs of all students.
  • Determine concerns and issues regarding improving children’s performance that need to be clearly examined and addressed.
  • Develop transparent and positive communication, access to data and a network of community partnerships to include local officials, state legislators, businesses and civic organizations, higher education, cultural, and faith-based leaders.
  • Set clear expectations for the superintendent and others.
  • Use data and feedback gathered to formulate priorities to update the district’s strategic plan and develop and plan to accomplish them.

I am eager to begin the new school year in Meridian and look forward to working with this superb community as we partner to offer our students a tremendous school experience grounded in strong academics, positive advocacy, and meaningful collaboration. I welcome your thoughts and questions, and encourage you to contact me through e-mail at jeverett@meridian.wednet.edu or by phone at 360-398-7111. Have a fantastic summer!

 

Sincerely, 

 

James Everett, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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