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Note from the superintendent: Pathways 2020 a big milestone for TTUSD

Rob Leri

Four years ago, I was appointed the Chief Learning Officer by the TTUSD Board of Education. I continue to be grateful to be part of this amazing school district and community, and I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished together over the past four years. Our extremely dedicated group of educators and support staff give their all each and every day so that each and every child is successful both academically and socially.

We have a board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 20, and we will recognize many of our employees for their years of service to our district. I invite you to attend and join me in congratulating them on their dedication and commitment to the youth of our community.

Later this month, we will implement a new program with our Board of Education called focused board visits. These visits are geared to provide the board the opportunity to see something in action that has been presented at a board meeting.

We plan to schedule up to four focused board visits between January and the end of the school year, and two board members will participate. Our first focused board visit will involve the entire board and will be scheduled as a special board meeting. This will be conducted on Jan. 21 at 11:10 a.m. at Sierra High.

Last week, at our first board meeting of 2016, the Board of Education and the high school principals recognized our scholar athletes who won state recognition in the fall season for academic and athletic accomplishments. Congratulations!

At our December board meeting, we presented the board with our strategic plan, Pathways 2020, for approval. It was approved, and we all have a lot to be proud of with the formal adoption of our Pathways 2020 strategic plan.

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This is a big milestone for the district. Pathways 2020 outlines the district's eight goals and associated strategic actions to accomplish these goals. Work began in 2011 to create this plan, and it has been a working document for the past several years. Many people contributed and collaborated in this process, and I am proud to say we have an outstanding tool to guide us in our efforts to provide our scholars the best education possible.

You probably heard the news recently that President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act. This is great news! ESSA reaffirms the importance of local governance and community leadership in public education and restores power for local communities in California to make local education decisions.

Once again, TTUSD made the Niche.com rankings for the best school districts. This year we are in the top 100 for all of California and number nine in Sacramento Metro. Click here for the link to the online rankings.

I would like to extend special thanks to the Excellence in Education Foundation for their strong and ongoing support of our District. They recently concluded their fall grant cycle and generously awarded our district $123,196, funding a total of 69 grants.

Have a wonderful new year!

Rob Leri is superintendent of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Email him at rleri@ttusd.org.