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Avis Williams. 

By Avis Williams

Each fall I look forward to sharing the State of our Schools address with our board of education and the entire Selma community. This year is no exception. At our November board meeting, I will share the highlights of the last year to include our celebrations from each department, district goals and next steps.

Our meeting is on November 10 at 3:00 pm via Zoom and will also be streamed live on Facebook. I don’t want to spoil it for you so I will not go into detail about what will be shared. Just know that Team Selma is continually making progress and looking forward to continuing to serve our scholars and families through the end of this year and into 2021.

There is no doubt that 2020 has been a unique year for a variety of reasons. The State of our Schools address will certainly reflect that. More importantly though, it will also forecast what is ahead for Team Selma.

Expanding community partnerships, creating a full virtual learning academy and closing the achievement gap for our scholars with special needs are just a few of the areas of focus as we plan forward. Further, we will reconvene our facilities project team and consider how to move forward.

Nearly two years ago, after much research and consideration, our board of education approved the closure of two schools. Do we need to close and consolidate more schools? Should we repurpose any of our current facilities? What modernization and/or upgrades are needed to ensure that we are providing our scholars with true 21st century experiences and learning spaces? These and other questions will be explored as we grapple with these and a number of other strategic plan updates.

This is exciting work and I look forward to collaborating with Mayor Perkins and our new city council members. Together we can ensure that the state of our public schools is not only strong but that they are also an asset to our community as a whole. Check out our social media and website for information on how you can get involved.

Now, as I wrap up, I want to remind you that Veterans Day is November 11 each year. I hope you will join me in taking a few moments to thank my fellow veterans for their service to our country. I admit that when I enlisted in the Army as a high school senior, I did not fully understand what it meant to serve. I had a lot of growing up to do and I credit my time in the Army for much of my achievements to include my work ethic.

Today and every day, it is truly an honor to have served and I will forever feel a sense of pride to know that I am a veteran. Thank you to all who are serving and who have served. Your sacrifices are appreciated!

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

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