Avis Williams II

Avis Williams is the superintendent of Selma City Schools. 

Did you know that Selma City Schools is the only school district in the state to earn the Tier II Alabama Performance Excellence Award as part of the Alabama Performance Excellence Program? Did you know that five years ago, Selma City Schools was under the control of the state due to a four-year state intervention?

Both are true. Our district moved from state intervention to being recognized for performance excellence. What a journey it has been and I could not be more proud of Team Selma.

The Alabama Performance Excellence Program is based on the criteria of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige award is based on a set of core values that include visionary leadership, organizational learning and agility, focusing on success and managing for innovation.

Since 2017, Team Selma has been intentional about improving and striving for excellence. It was affirming to be recognized by the Alabama State Board of Education, led by Governor Ivey. Dr. Mackey and the board presented Selma City Schools a resolution in celebration of earning the Tier II award.

Continuous improvement is an ongoing process and we will remain relentless in our pursuit for excellence. We recently relaunched our strategic plan and we are ready!

In other news, join me in congratulating all our Teacher of the Year school nominees and our district winners. Last week, we announced that Mrs. Denisha Streeter is our district elementary teacher of the year and Dr. Colin McConarty is our secondary teacher of the year. Both will represent us well at the state level. Team Selma has some incredible teachers and I will enjoy celebrating them all.

Are you fully vaccinated? If not, there are still numerous opportunities in our community to learn more and to receive the vaccination which is the best tool that we have to diminish the impact that this virus has on the families in Selma and Dallas County. Also, all Selma City Schools will begin Covid-19 testing this month for scholars and staff. Check with your child’s school for details.

Keep in mind that the CDC announced that the three available Covid vaccines are interchangeable for booster shots. The CDC has also approved vaccines for children as young as age five. These are not mandated by schools but families are encouraged to do their research and make the decision that fits their family. Seek medical advice from your doctor or a qualified professional.

The pandemic is definitely not over but I am so grateful that circumstances have gotten much better. Each week, we monitor the Covid-19 data to include the vaccination rates in our state and positivity rates in our county. We will continue to do so and keep the community informed of any changes that we must make.

Friday is a remote learning day for all scholars and our Winter Break begins on December 20. Schools and offices will reopen on January 3 and scholars return on the 5th. Be sure to check out our website and social media outlets for Team Selma news. We also invite you to join us in Doing Our Part Everyday. Stay safe and be DOPE!

For more information, email me at avis.williams@selmacityschools.org.

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