Thank you for the warm welcome to this one-of-a-kind district. When I first toured the campuses with my wife, both of us were left with the same impression: Wow, would we have loved to send our kids to schools like these. It is truly a special place.
In the four weeks since I arrived, many of you have reached out to share your enthusiasm for the fine education your children are receiving, and your vision for how we can make our schools even better. I’ve heard about the highest caliber instruction in our classrooms as well as your frustration with the impact from Covid and the turnover of administrative staff.
Working with the board, we’re already implementing a series of strategies to improve community engagement and consistent leadership. Vacancies in key positions have been filled and new systems have been put in place to improve communication and transparency.
I come to Riverdale with 40 years of experience in education. I am committed to operating with integrity, engaging with the community, being a careful steward of district finances, and maintaining the highest standards of academic excellence. I have an open-door policy that invites all of you to share your perspectives with me.
You may already have seen me at the school campuses. I’m not one to sit behind a closed office door, but prefer to be out walking around, interacting with parents, students, and staff. If you see me, please say hello and introduce yourself. I look forward to getting to know all of you.