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Central Valley's new superintendent is on the job, ready to reach out to the community

Central Valley School District sign
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The district will embark on strategic planning, including public meetings over the next several months.

The Central Valley School District’s new superintendent has begun his second week on the job.

One of John Parker’s first tasks is to begin a new strategic planning process. He says that means he’ll spend the rest of the summer and much of the fall out in the community.

“One of my personal priorities as new superintendent is doing a lot of listening and learning about the community, understanding before jumping in and making decisions that are too quick and not well informed," he said.

Parker says the district is planning a series of community meetings at the district’s schools through November to talk with parents and community members about their priorities for the next few years. He says the district is also compiling results from a recent telephone survey of a thousand district patrons.

“We know that, coming out of the pandemic, there have been some real concerns for learning loss on the student learning side that we have to mitigate. And at the same time, we need to continue offering a high level of service from every student that is from special needs all the way to students that are in our advanced placement programs," he said.

Parker says he and the school board plan to adopt a new strategic plan by the end of the next academic year.