New superintendent lays out ‘plan of entry’
In his first formal meeting with the Gloucester County School Board, new school division superintendent Walter R. “Rick” Clemons announced his proposed “plan of entry,” an agenda for his first 90 days on the job. Clemons attended his first meeting with the board Tuesday at the T.C. Walker Education Center.
Clemons said much of his first three months will be spent listening and seeking input from a variety of sources to hear the concerns, challenges and visions for the future from a multitude of Gloucester Public Schools stakeholders. “I’ll be on an active listening tour and watching tour,” he said, and report his findings in November.
Clemons said he would establish opportunities for church members, civic organizations, community leaders, county supervisors, residents and others to have input to help him understand the needs of county schools and the community at large.
Clemons plans to meet with supervisors and the county administrator, various media representatives, General Assembly members, and leaders of parent and teachers organizations as part of establishing an open and transparent communication system with all stakeholders, including those that are traditionally under-represented in public education.
He also plans to meet with individual school board members to “build relationships and deepen perspectives” toward the goal of developing an outstanding working relationship with the board.
Regarding the division’s central office, Clemons will review its organizational structure to ensure the focus is on improving student achievement and to make school issues and needs the driving force of daily operation.
The superintendent will even establish evening and weekend times to meet with stakeholders, and plans to visit county schools regularly to engage principals and staff members and to talk with students.