Turning to leadership, three years ago Maurice implemented a district-wide Continuous Improvement program to create a culture of accountability. Under the CI program, each school establishes specific one-year and three-year goals based on measurable data. Progress is monitored by the School Site Councils on a quarterly basis, and necessary adjustments are made if goals are not being met. When I talk to teachers about the program, I see a high level of buy-in and commitment to meeting the goals.
I'm sure it's not easy being in education these days, with a constant stream of bad press and budget cuts. Unfortunately, many educators take on a victim mentality and point to funding cuts to justify mediocre performance. Maurice and his team are not about complaining or making excuses. They planned ahead for the current financial downturn, they have set aggressive goals, and they seem committed to continuing to move the Mountain View Whisman School District in a positive direction.
I don't know Maurice on a personal level, but I have seen first hand that he is making positive things happen for our students and in our schools. I ask that, regardless of your views on his personal life, you continue to support Maurice as our school superintendent.
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