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Superintendent's News

Posted: May 19, 2023

Grateful to Everyone Who Made 2022-2023 School Year a Success

In his weekly message, Superintendent Scott Elder reflects on the school year that’s ending and the important work ahead.

Superintendent Scott Elder during a visit to Mission Avenue STEM Magnet Elementary School.

Superintendent Scott Elder during a visit to Mission Avenue STEM Magnet Elementary School.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

“Always find time for the things that make you feel happy to be alive.” — Matt Haig

The end of the school year is less than a week away!

We’ve made it through another year, and I’m grateful to every one of you for your hard work, your persistence, and your devotion to our amazing students.

In many ways, 2022-2023 was the year we returned to normalcy following two years of pandemic-related disruptions. We finally had a full year of in-person learning and recently moved out of pandemic-related restrictions.

I was able to resume my school visits in earnest. Spending time with students and teachers this school year and seeing all the energy and excitement that occurs there has been wonderful. It fuels me and I was grateful to have that opportunity again.

And while the 2022-2023 school year represented a return to normalcy, it has also been a building year for us.

We’ve been working with the Board of Education to lay the foundation for the next five years by establishing goals that will be at the center of everything we do as we strive to improve student outcomes. As a reminder, those include raising third-grade proficiency rates in English language arts and eighth-grade proficiency rates in math, and improving post-secondary readiness. The fourth goal revolves around ensuring that our students have the skills, mindsets, and habits they will need to be successful in life. Once the goals and guardrails were set, my administration went to work on creating a strategic plan, essentially a roadmap for how we intend to achieve the goals while honoring our community’s values.

In the midst of all that work, we adopted a new school calendar for the upcoming year, rolled out a new bell schedule, and we’ve been crafting a budget that, thanks to the Legislature and the governor, contains 6 percent raises for our staff.

It’s been a busy year at APS, and I’m proud of everyone who rolled up their sleeves and got it done, whether that was in the classroom, at City Center, or at our many other job sites. You are all amazing, and I’m honored to work with you.

We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us when classes resume in August, but for now, it’s time for all of us to take a breath and make time for the things that bring us joy and replenish us. We’ve earned it!

For those of you who are off for a couple of months, I wish you a summer brimming with rest and adventure. For the rest of you, I hope you are able to carve out some time for yourself.

Have a great summer!