August 31, 2022
Even after more than 30 years as an educator, I still get excited for the first day of school. As I visited schools this morning and helped welcome our students back to the classroom, it was so exciting to see the smiles on the students’ faces. While the first day is filled with new teachers and new friends which can be anxiety producing for some, the first day serves as a gentle re-entry to the routine of the classroom and new learning expectations. For the first time since late August 2019, the opening of schools felt like it used to. While COVID will likely be with us for years to come, we will not allow it to hinder our progress in achieving the district mission of “Empowering Learners for Today and Tomorrow!” We are off to a great start and I could not be prouder of our students.
As we begin the 2022-2023 school year, I have established goals to improve community engagement and communication. RSU 67 has many talented and dedicated administrators, teachers, and support staff who care deeply about the students we serve. We have students who have lofty aspirations and are hungry to learn. However, the success of our district is also dependent upon our collaboration and engagement with students, families, and communities. As Superintendent, my goal is to develop relationships that support the district in attracting students, families, and the very best educators and support staff. Through collaboration, innovation, and creativity, we will develop engaging programs to meet the needs of every learner, and we will ensure that every student is career and/or college ready when they leave our high school.
In September, the district is re-engaging in the strategic planning process that will result in a comprehensive plan for the future of the district. As we move forward, we need input from staff, students, families, and members of the RSU 67 communities. This is an opportunity to “dream big” and provide input toward a plan that will serve the students and our communities for decades to come. As opportunities arise, I encourage you to participate in this important work if at all possible. In addition to strategic planning, I also encourage you to be on the lookout for periodic “Coffee Talk” events in Lincoln, Chester, and Mattawamkeg. Coffee Talks are informal/casual meetings in which I provide district updates and then give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have for me.
As you can see, we are off to a busy start. There is much work to be done, but I want to assure you that district leadership is up to the task. Please remember that SCHOOL IS OPEN! Please exercise caution around sidewalks and crosswalks, and NEVER pass a bus that is displaying flashing warning lights. Student safety is a priority for all of us.
Have a great Labor Day weekend
Paul Austin, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools RSU No. 67