Message from the Superintendent
Student Success & Community Value
I am entering my fourth year as the superintendent of Bulloch County Schools, and I am excited for what our community, administrators and teacher leaders are accomplishing. For the first time in the school system’s history, we have alignment of our district’s overall strategic plan, our schools’ improvement plans, and each Central Office department’s plans. We are all on the same page from the Board room to the classroom. This is critical as we become a Strategic Waiver School System and enter into a new academic performance contract with the Georgia Department of Education.
College & Career Readiness
We are focused on finding the best academic and workforce development model to match community assets with k-12 instruction. We are doing this through the Pathways to Prosperity Network (P2P). As one of only two communities selected by the state to work with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Jobs for the Future’s P2P program, we are evaluating our academic and career offerings and listening to local businesses, industry and post-secondary institutions. This is helping us develop community-driven, systems-type solutions that will help re-engineer our K-12 education experiences for students, experiences that allow every student to have opportunities based upon their interests and abilities.
Stakeholder & Community Support
I am an advocate for establishing an effective education pipeline where there is open, continuous dialogue between grade levels, schools, parents, administrators, post-secondary partners and business and industry leaders.
Through our multiple community engagement events, you have told us what you feel is going well, and how we can improve. As a Strategic Waiver School System (IE2), we believe we will have the flexibility to significantly increase community involvement, spur innovation and increase collaboration, while also focusing on common goals.
We will continue to work with the community to decide how to use what we have to do what we want with the least constraints from state government.
Optimization of Resources
We are ensuring that our leadership teams are effectively trained and empowered to carry out the strategic plan. Nearly 300 of our central office staff, school administrators, teacher leaders and Board of Education members have completed the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement’s Base Camp and Leadership Summit. The school system has also developed its own program, Aspiring Leaders, to better develop teachers and assistant principals for future leadership roles.
Our school system is known at the state and national level for having sound financial management. For 2015-16, the Board of Education, through its General Fund and Balance is restoring to schools the school-allocated amount of the austerity reduction that the state is still withholding from our school system. Our school leadership teams now have additional funding to address personnel and other support-related needs to affect student learning as they see fit under the flexibility of becoming a Strategic Waiver School System.
Thank You for Your Commitment to K-12 Education
Congratulations to all who are committed to doing their part to guide us well. This is what leadership is about. We all need each other. Keep up the great work.
Charles G. Wilson, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools