This past month, I had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop for area superintendents as they prepared for the new school year. As we concluded, I asked what they were looking forward to in 2015-16. There were lots of enthusiastic responses as the superintendents shared details about new staff, innovative programs and upcoming building and technology projects. It’s amazing what a bit more state aid and a momentary lull in state heavy-handedness have done to rekindle local leadership.
I hope you too are energized with the arrival of the new year. September is always a wonderful month in the schools, possibly the best one, as students, staff and teachers all enjoy their return and look forward to their best year yet. We at CASDA are also excited as we begin our sixty seventh year of service. In the year ahead, we plan to offer more than forty conferences and an equal number of distance learning opportunities. We’ll help districts with more than eighty technical assistance projects and coordinate twenty college fairs. And we’ll continue and extend our many service activities in support of rural and urban schools, student leadership and school principals.
CASDA has grown significantly in size and scope during the past five years. Our staff of fifty along with our partnerships with fellow educational non-profit organizations permit us to offer truly comprehensive service to our member districts. As the nation’s oldest and one of its largest school study councils, CASDA strives always to be a force for good in our region as a catalyst, convener and community builder. For us and for you, there is good reason for enthusiasm. Have a great opening!