On behalf of the C-PP Area School District, I am pleased to share the highlights of our 2018-2019 school year as summarized in this Annual Report. I encourage you to read the full report to learn about key student achievements and district initiatives – I think you’ll be impressed!
I’ve often said that our job as educators is to help make sure our students are prepared to fully participate in the larger world when they graduate. In pursuit of that goal, it’s my job as C-PP’s Superintendent to work with the Board of Education to help set priorities each year to ensure we focus on what is most important. Then it takes every teacher, administrator and staff person in the District working together with parents and our community partners to support our students and help them succeed. I am extremely proud of the following highlights from last year:
- Focus on the Whole Child: One of our top priorities was to continue working to achieve our Master Plan goals associated with student mental health. Building on the progress made in the prior year, we undertook a number of efforts to make our C-PP culture more inclusive; improve safety and security in all buildings; increase engagement with parents, students and the community; deliver meaningful professional development opportunities for our staff in the areas of social-emotional learning, diversity and inclusion; and provide comprehensive mental health support to our students. This work is having a tremendous impact and will continue to in the future. (See pages 8-9 for details.)
- Record Passage of the Facilities Referendum: With overwhelming support from the community, 84% of voters approved an $89 million capital project to improve infrastructure, safety and security in every district building. This project is targeted for completion in 2025 and will position the District’s facilities advantageously for the foreseeable future.
- C-PP Middle School Recognized as a School to Watch: In 2019, our middle school was designated an “Essential Elements: Schools to Watch.” This prestigious award recognizes exceptional middle-level schools that meet rigorous criteria and are on a path of continuous improvement. Congratulations to Principal Rick Kimble, his administrators, teachers and students for performing at a level that meets the standard for this tremendous recognition. (See page 13 for details.)
- Transitioning the Superintendency: After I announced my retirement for June 2020, the Board of Education appointed Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Michelle Caulfield as my successor. An accomplished and long-standing C-PP administrator and teacher, Michelle is absolutely the right person for the job. With her appointment, the Board ensured continuity for the District and I have worked closely with her over the past several months to make certain our transition will be smooth.
In closing, when this Annual Report is published, I will be in the last half of my final year as C-PP Superintendent – a role I have been privileged to hold for 13 of the 21 years I have been in the District. Over the course of my tenure, C-PP has grown and evolved in many exciting ways. The journey did not always follow a straight line as there were some challenges along the way, but I am tremendously proud to have led the efforts to improve curriculum, upgrade our facilities, forge community partnerships and motivate our staff to be the best they can be. In keeping with our motto, the students, of course, were at the center of it all. I am grateful to the Board of Education for the confidence they placed in me these many years. It’s been the opportunity of a lifetime!