The school year is well under way and all the reports we have received point to a successful opening across the district. This could not happen without each of you doing your part to contribute to our success. In addition to welcoming all our students and families, this year we are managing open enrollment, online registration, dual language and we also have a lot of new faces across the district. We are off and running and on our way to a successful year. I am proud to be a part of Team EPISD.
We’ve talked a lot over the past few weeks about our strategic priorities. These priorities are providing the framework for everything we will do, not only this year but also long term. We will build on these priorities to continue to craft a plan for our future. I am committed — and I hope all of you are as well — to working as a team to make EPISD the district of choice. We will work together to build a better and brighter future and to find solutions to the challenges that we face.
There’s still a lot of work to be done, but I firmly believe that we are building teams across the district that can make a difference and take us to new heights. Over the next five years, I am committed to making EPISD the best it can be and forging a stronger future for our community. We are leaving the past behind and working to improve our schools with our teachers, administration and staff.
The road to success often comes with unexpected challenges and even naysayers. These are the people who question our motives and intentions and try to slow us down or take us off track. I can’t change or stop that. All I can do is commit to you that I will work day and night to make sure we hire and promote only the best and brightest to help us reach our goals. We are dedicated to finding compassionate, ethical, and intelligent leaders across the district to continue to spread our positive attitude and vision. Change in an organization with over 9,000 employees will not happen overnight, but we will not be deterred.
First and foremost, I believe that this is a people business and to succeed on our team you will need to treat people right. We are here to serve and care for students, but we also care for our employees and I want to reiterate that all of us have a right to fair and equitable treatment. We support and want to reinforce that right and I will make sure our leadership team works to support our employees across the district.
I am very excited about this new year and the future. I wish each of you all the best in your professional and personal lives and I look forward to working with you to make EPISD the best it can be.
I AM EPISD!