Lubbock superintendent sets goals and expectations for new schoo

Lubbock superintendent sets goals and expectations for new school year

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock ISD teachers were back in the classrooms this week, prepping for next Wednesday, that's when their students report to class. There was no extended summer break for district administrators. Superintendent Kathy Rollo has been setting goals and expectations for the coming school year. She has three pillars supporting her work philosophy.

"One is valuing data, and that is both quantitative data making sure that our students are on track as far as assessments go, but more importantly qualitative data we really want to listen to our kids and see what their needs are," said Dr. Rollo. "I'm actually going to campuses and parking in the teachers lounge during the lunch periods and just listening to what their needs are and we have been able to make some adjustments to some programming things based on that feedback." 

Rollo said the third pillar is investing in the school districts principals, and students. The school district is expanding its career technology education programs for students who want to go to work right out high school instead of following the higher education track.

"We are adding plumbing, last year we added floral design," said Rollo. "I know plumbing doesn't sound as exciting in some ways, but there are definitely careers and jobs waiting for kids who graduate with certifications in that."

The school district will be implementing a systemic phonics program on the elementary level and will continue its three year roll out plan which enhances learning opportunities with new tech tools in the classroom. Along with new programs and technology the school district will be focusing on a new emergency response system to bolster safety measures. 

"So we started meeting with people in the spring and found out that we really do need to have some better common stronger language around emergency procedures," said Rollo. "So we have done a lot of training around that this summer." 

As a first time superintendent, Dr Rollo said she knows the challenges and all her experience as a teacher and administrator will keep those pillars upright.

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