After one year as superintendent of Princeton City School District, I greatly appreciate the way I have been welcomed. I value the work being done and look forward to continuing our efforts. We enter the 2016-17 school year in fiscally and operationally sound condition because we make it a priority to operate in an efficient manner and make the most of our tax dollars.
Our first goal when looking at spending is simple: we focus on the students. We will continue to evolve when it comes to how we educate students with a goal of mixing frugality with an expectation of high achievement in the classroom. This year will see us continue to support each individual student. It is my belief that a child becoming a part of his or her own education and where it will lead can help us create a learning environment that will better prepare all of our students for their future.
We must continue to improve the way we deliver our educational message. Technology must play a big part in learning, and we have to be flexible when it comes to understanding what methods will work when delivering that message.
In addition to valuing the idea that focus should be on each individual student, another area I feel strongly about is the involvement of the community when it comes to our day-to-day operations. Finding ways to not only have an open-door policy when it comes to our initiatives, but to value feedback from members of our community, are on my list of things to improve. Community involvement is not a one-way street. I want to see parents and other esteemed members of the Princeton community become a part of educating our youth.
Our doors are always open, and we will make it a priority to answer any and all questions members of the community might have about our practices. Operating transparently will help illustrate to our taxpayers that our intentions are good and may elicit feedback that could help us in our endeavor to continue to improve.
Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D., Superintendent
Princeton City School District