Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Joe Pye gave the Dorchester District Two Board of Trustees his State of the District annual report Monday night.
In the 45-minute presentation, Pye listed all the goals the schools and district have achieved noting that this achievement was a team effort of administration, staff, teachers and parents.
“It is the principals that make the difference,” he said. “We believe every child can achieve and we challenge them to do so. If a child is not ready [when they enter kindergarten], we take the time to get them ready.”
Every child gets a universal screening, he explained, to determine if they are ready to learn or, to push them ahead, if they are more advanced.
Pye noted that the district has raised the graduation rate from 65 percent to and expected 80 percent by the end of the summer school semester next month.
“We are about making every child successful,” he said.
“We need to be able to work with all children…if two thirds of a class fails a test don’t give the test again! It’s not the test it’s the teaching…go back and reteach.”
One concern, he said, is the lack of attendance at budget meetings.
“We wish folks would attend budget meetings and share their concerns…they would give us a new perspective…we need that!”
Pye went on to note that the district’s mission is to ensure that everyone employed – teachers, administrators, maintenance workers, nurses, staff – get in-service training opportunities, professional development options.
“We are the largest employer in a county of 80,000 to 90,000 residents with 3,000 employees…we want to make sure our employees get what they need.”
Dorchester District Two desires to be recognized as a World Class school district, he reminded them, saying it was well on its way to that goal.
“Our schools are “have” schools…we don’t have “have not” schools.”