Column: Challenges do not change Garfield Re-2 vision
The 2015-16 school year in the Garfield Re-2 School District is off to a great start. My name is Dave Lindenberg and I am the interim-superintendent for our district and I am so excited about this school year.
As a new face in this role, I thought it important to share a few things about me and our district as we kick off the new year. I am in Garfield Re-2, serving the students, staff and families of Rifle, Silt and New Castle because I love this district. I have experience in other districts. Locally, I have been a school psychologist, an assistant principal, principal at Kathryn Senor Elementary for nine years and served last year as assistant superintendent in Garfield Re-2. I am here because of the deep care and compassion that our staff has for our kids, the spirit of collaboration in each of our three communities, and the direction that our team has on academic achievement.
One of my most treasured times in the school year is the opening weeks of school. Each staff member puts in much preparation and hard work over the summer to have everything ready for our students starting back to school. For me, this is a time to appreciate and celebrate the dedication and skill of our staff. Further, it brings me great joy to witness the excitement of your children when they walk through our doors. Their enthusiasm and smiles are the ultimate validation of so much preparation. Know that whether it is the first day of school or the last, I continually see evidence in this district of people striving to embody our district vision, “to encourage, nurture, and challenge every student, every day.”
That said, as a district, we are not without our challenges. There has been much change in the last several years that we continue to work through, such as: new technology and 21st century learning shifts, Colorado Academic Standards and new curricular units, new college and career readiness requirements, new state assessments, new school safety upgrades, new staff members, new leadership and a school board election that will welcome three new members to our board in November.
Regardless of such changes in Garfield Re-2, we will continue to focus on our passions for: our kids, quality instruction, teamwork, communication and strong relationships. I will work with our school board and district leadership to ensure our systems, policies and procedures best support us to be the most effective organization possible.
Lastly, as we keep our district vision and mission in front to guide us, I invite our staff, parents and community members to come together and support each other in this most important work of educating our kids. Doing so does “take a village”.
Know that I am grateful for the trust of the Garfield Re-2 School Board and to the communities of Rifle, Silt and New Castle for allowing me to lead this district in this time of transition. I hope that you will feel free to call or email me with any concerns that you may have at email@example.com or 970-665-7600. I believe in our kids. I believe in our staff. I believe in our families. I believe in our communities.
Together, we are Garfield Re-2.
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