Avis Williams II

Avis Williams is the superintendent of Selma City Schools. 

Admittedly, graduation and the end of the school year are some of my favorite times of year. The educator in me loves seeing the joy and pride on the faces of our scholars, families and teachers as well-earned diplomas, scholarships and awards are received. It is truly a magical time. The start of the school year also has its own special kind of magic, even as we look to begin school amid a pandemic.

No doubt, we are in for another year where terms like unprecedented, pivot, social distancing and face coverings will be included in our vocabulary. Still, I cannot “mask” my excitement as we prepare for the upcoming year. Last week, I shared our Team Selma Return to Excellence Reopening Plan in a press conference. Please check out our social media if you missed it.

Now, I want to express my gratitude to our principals and district leaders. This summer was incredibly busy and jam-packed yet our team did not disappoint. Getting ready for a new year is always challenging and doing so while also overseeing a robust summer learning program with over 800 scholars and navigating a pandemic was truly more than a notion. Yet Team Selma did it.

I am beyond grateful for the teamwork displayed as we partnered with a number of local groups who continuously provide support to our scholars and families. From the Selma Public Library and the YMCA to the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Wallace, we had all we needed and then some.

As we prepare for the new year, I look forward to deepening our current partnerships and developing new ones. Please join me wishing our scholars, teachers and leaders a Happy School Year! May this be our best year ever! Check out our website and look for more information soon if you are interested in being a part of our Adopt-A-School program.

In other news, as previously announced our first day of school is August 16th. Please note this change from August 9th. Our school supply lists and so much more are posted on our website under the Back to School tab.

My anticipation is mounting as our Framework for Excellence project teams continue meeting to update our strategic plan in preparation for the relaunch later this fall. We are excited to add a new area to our plan, Safety and Wellness. This area will have a focus on self-care, wellness and even addressing community trauma. We are even exploring adding Yoga and new sports options.

To share more about our updated plan, we will host a strategic planning summit in September to share our updated goals and direction publicly. This will give the entire Selma community a chance to learn more about the plan and to provide feedback that will then inform the completion prior to the official relaunch of our Framework for Excellence.

Each week, we routinely monitor the Covid-19 data to include the vaccination rates in our state and positivity rates in our county. Are you fully vaccinated? If not, there are 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. We remain optimistic about resuming a sense of normalcy during our upcoming school year and to support this we encourage our scholars over the age of 12 and Team members get vaccinated. Check out our website and social media outlets for information on vaccination clinics and our detailed Return to Excellence Reopening Plan. We also encourage 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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