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  • Message from Matt Cook, Superintendent of Schools
    Welcome to the reboot of the Newark Central School Website!  The new look and a new feel is part of our ongoing effort to improve communication and make things easier and more transparent for our students, parents, staff and community members.  The new design and the emphasis on our commitment to our vision is embodied on the front page, where under Newark Central School District, it reads: “Every Student, Every Day”.  
    Last school year, we brought together a group of teachers, parents, administrators, board members, community residents and students to begin the process of creating a Vision Statement for the Newark School Community.  The question I asked the 75 or so people gathered in the Newark High School auditorium was: “If you were at a party, five years from now, and you were describing the Newark Central School District and how happy you were with us, what would that look like, sound like, feel like?”
    What resulted, after a few months of hard work, is the Vision Statement at the bottom of this tab, and all the tabs on the home page of the website.  It’s aspirational, powerful and idealistic.  Are we there yet?  No.  But I hope that you can see that this is a fantastic target for us to strive for.  Every day, I think about what I can do to help move us closer to this vision and I’m encouraging all of our students, staff, parents and community members to join me!
    Now, the work begins to achieve this vision. Our next step on this path is to develop a strategic plan that will guide our decision making over the next 3-5 years.  Too often in education, we are reactive. The government will pass a new law or regulation, funding will be cut, a crisis will emerge, etc ... and we react to those things.
    Without a clear plan, it’s too easy for that reaction to become the guiding principal on how we behave as an organization and that’s not good enough for Newark.  Our kids deserve better.  They deserve a well thought out plan that puts our vision into action and helps refocus our efforts when distraction inevitably comes along.
    To help, I’ll be reaching out to many of you over the coming months.  It might be to provide feedback, to sit on a committee or to weigh-in by answering a survey.  Our ability to live our vision will be made easier if we hear from as many voices as possible about the best way to get there.  I encourage all of you to think about the best way to help our kids become the best version of themselves.
    On another note, we are excited to welcome many new staff this year that will help us along the way.  From the maintenance crew to the classroom, from the bus garage to the athletics fields, there will be many new faces in 2015-16 and their energy and enthusiasm has been inspiring to me as we have gone through the hiring process this summer.  I encourage you to go to the Newark News section of the website and learn more about some of these individuals in the articles published there.
    Have a great rest of your summer and we’ll see you in September!
    Matt Cook
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