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Superintendent Delivers State of District Message
In remarks that spoke to the successes of the past year and the challenges that lie ahead, Superintendent Pam Swanson delivered her annual State of the District report during Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting.
Swanson, who will meet later this week with the Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Education, Katy Anthes, provided an overview as to why Westminster Public Schools should receive an updated accreditation rating of Improvement. Earlier this month, WPS submitted its position paper to the State Board of Education. “I don’t believe that anyone who reads the report can doubt that our children are better off because of the steps we have taken,” she said. The state board is scheduled to hear the WPS appeal in March.
During her remarks, Swanson also reflected on the past year, calling it a busy one. Not only did the district change its name and develop a new logo. WPS also partnered with AdvancEd, an accreditation agency, who took a close look at the district before giving its stamp of approval and a five-year accreditation rating.
The superintendent closed her remarks by reflecting on the political divisiveness seen in many parts of the country.
"I believe as adults in WPS, we have two critical roles we play before we ever get to academics.We are the conscience of our school district and we are the guardians of the children.It’s important for every family to know that Westminster Public Schools welcomes all students, regardless of their income, ethnicity, language, and citizen status.Our goal is to educate every child that walks through our doors in a caring and supportive environment that makes each child feel safe and valued. An old Chinese proverb describes our approach pretty well: “If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.” In these divisive times, I think it would be helpful if we all focus on what unites us and make a commitment to be kinder to one another and display “civil discourse”.
Swanson asked everyone to make 2017 a year of kindness where everyone shares the values of tolerance and respect for others. You can read her remarks here and watch them above.