It is truly an honor to be able to serve the students, families and communities of Airway Heights, the greater West Plains, and the City of Cheney as the superintendent of Cheney Public Schools. The 2018-2019 school year will be my twentieth year in education, and during this time I have had the opportunity to work as an elementary teacher, literacy coach, staff developer, principal, and superintendent. Throughout my career, I have focused on improving my individual practice and the collective practice of the systems I have worked in and led. It is my belief that as educators we must consistently analyze our practices and continue to learn, so that we can create an education system that meets the needs of all students.
In order to meet the social, emotional, and learning needs of all students in Cheney Public Schools, the staff and I are committed to the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). Specifically, PLCs focus our collaborative work on answering four essential questions.
During the 2017-2018 school year our staff spent a considerable amount of time and effort working through question one. This intentional work led to the development of priority standards, scope and sequence documents, and unit plans. We were also able to begin preliminary work on question two, which addresses assessments related to priority standards. PLCs are the structure that guides our system, and we will continue our implementation during the 2018-2019 school year as we strive to improve learning for all students.
In addition to our teaching and learning focus, an important aspect of our district work is addressing the growing population base within the Cheney Public School attendance area. Our district is extremely fortunate to have wonderful community support. This support resulted in the passage of a $52,000,000 bond in February of 2017. The capital projects bond has allowed us to add a secure entry at Salnave Elementary, and to begin construction on expansion and safety improvements at Betz, Sunset, and Windsor Elementary Schools. In addition, we recently broke ground on our high school expansion, minor renovations, and security upgrades. Overall, these projects will add much-needed classroom space, extra-curricular spaces, and security upgrades in our school district.
As a father of five (three school aged children), I want the very best for each and every one of my children. Likewise, I want the very best for each of the approximately 4,600 students we serve in Cheney Public Schools. Every child in our system deserves our best every single day, and our goal is to ensure this continues to occur.
Again, it is an honor to serve as the superintendent of Cheney Public Schools. I look forward to the 2018-2019 school year and the opportunity to continue to work with our communities and families as we build upon the exceptional educational foundation that is in place.
For our children, our community, our world, our future ~
Robert W. Roettger