From the Desk of Patrick McKernan
Public School Week – February 24-28
As public schools all across the nation celebrate Public Schools Week, I want to take the opportunity to thank all of you for choosing Troy Schools as your school of choice for your children. We think that is the right choice as we believe we have a warm, welcoming environment for your children to learn and grow. We are not perfect and we acknowledge our short comings. We also know that we do many things very well, and have improvement to make in other areas. We do believe in public schools, and the people who work in them who bring energy and passion to the building every day.
If you follow state or national politics, some politicians would lead you to believe that public school money should be used to help subsidize school choice, even for private schools. I do not believe that is the right approach. I will let our local politicians know that, and I will also let our national representatives know. All educators including public school educators work hard and long hours. This includes all school staff; coaches, and all support staff. I was speaking with a Troy alum who is a first year coach in another district. We were talking about his season and he was telling me how much he has enjoyed it. However, he never knew how much time it took away from his personal life. This is what our staff does for kids every day. Thank them when you see them.
It looks like we have had a good run of weather, lately, and hope the worst is behind us. We are in a long stretch with no break until March 20th. I like that, as we have the opportunity to get into a rhythm with teaching and learning. We will begin Kansas State Assessments April. Grades 3-11 will all take multiple or at least one assessment. District wide, our assessment scores are not great. We have focused on curriculum alignment this year. Along with focusing on the assessments and aligning our curriculum, we hope to raise those scores in many areas.
Capital Improvements – I mentioned earlier in the school year that we will be getting a group of school stakeholders together to help put together a strategic plan for the district. Part of that plan includes a capital improvement plan. I would like this to be a 3-5 year plan. I am always looking for input on what anyone thinks we need to improve regarding facilities, grounds, and transportation. If you have ideas or are interested in serving on this committee, please let me know.
I am proud to be serving as your superintendent of schools. I always want to do what is best for your children. Let me know if I can help your child in anyway.
Patrick E. McKernan