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Originally published: 2013-01-11 15:28:20
Last modified: 2013-01-11 15:28:32

From the Superintendent’s Desk: Thank you for all you do for education

David Burleson

As we begin the new semester and the New Year, 2013, I would like to say thank you for the important role you play each day in helping our students to be successful. There is evidence of your support and service in many venues – whether you mentored, assisted in the classroom, served as a volunteer, worked as a resource speaker and presenter, provided funds or quietly supported a child in some additional way, please know we appreciate you. Your interest and involvement in our education system is truly a lasting gift and one that not only benefits our students and teachers, but the entire county. 

During the recent holiday season, I spent some time reflecting on blessings of the past semester; one that I am most thankful for if the privilege of serving as your superintendent. I am grateful to the teachers, administrators and staff members who share their many gifts of encouragement, love, knowledge and patience with every student each day. Each staff member makes daily contributions to one of our system-goals: academic and personal success for every child.

As I reflect upon the successes of our school system in 2012, I credit our staff members, the parents of our students and the other members of our community. Examples of collaboration include recent volunteerism for our One-to-One Initiative; the support of our county commissioners to provide each student the technology necessary to be successful today and in their future endeavors; mentorship for children who need extra academic help or a special friend; proctoring for high school exams that will soon be completed; the suggestions and ideas provided through our advisory councils; the tutoring, sponsorships and student awards through faith-based organizations; and many other community activities. The Avery County School System has received positive national recognition as a result of our committed staff and the community partnerships that collaborate for the highest levels of student achievement.

With continued community support and the dedicated staff of Avery County Schools, we will exceed the level of past accomplishments and experience even greater growth in 2013. Quality public schools are vital to the economic development of our county. Therefore, our school system is dedicated to preparing our children for successful, productive citizenry.

I want to thank each individual in our school system that works so diligently each day to provide the best possible education to our students. My gratitude is extended to each parent who has provided support to his/her child and to the school system. We are very blessed to live in a community that conscientiously assumes its responsibility to educate children and to provide the necessary resources for their success. 

It is hard to imagine that 2013 is here, and the new semester has begun. We anticipate a year of excitement and adventure; but we know much work is yet to be done. It is imperative that we continue to work together as a community to reduce the number of students dropping out of school and to continue to emphasize the importance of education. It is also of great importance to meet the needs of each student that is in our school system.

Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful and prosperous new year. With your continued support, the Avery County School System can and will help each child achieve all the success and happiness he/she so richly deserves.

Again, thank you for all you do for education. I hope we can call on you this year to help us address the needs of our students and our community. It is our mission to truly see that no child is left behind and with your continued support for public education more students will graduate from high school with direction, confidence and skills for the next stage of their lives. 

David Burleson
Superintendent, Avery County Schools