Leadership Needs Identified by Focus Groups and Survey Respondents
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Hello. The Susquehanna Twp. School District Board of School Directors appointed me to be acting superintendent of your school district on May 12, 2014. And as of May 12, it is and will be for the next few months, OUR district. I am honored to be here, and trust me, my sleeves are rolled up.
You may remember me as a former superintendent at Lower Dauphin School District. I’ve also served as superintendent with two other school districts. I’ve been a superintendent for 18 years and have another 20 years of experience as a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent.
I am a fierce advocate for children, and I care deeply about community. I am committed to making my time with students, staff, parents, and residents of the township positive and productive. I hope to be able to offer you experience, passion and guidance while a search for a new educational leader takes place.
In my remarks at the May 19, school board meeting, I said that I am here to offer a steady hand, to build trust and pride, and to refocus our efforts on student learning. My goal and, hopefully, yours, is to move forward.
I addressed graduates at the 2014 Susquehanna Township High School Commencement Exercises on June 12. I asked graduates – whether joining in the world of work, becoming a part of the military, choosing to continue studies or charting another course of action – to not live in the past and to not stand still, but to move forward.
Honoring the recently deceased actor-activist-poet-sage Maya Angelou, I read an excerpt from her poem “On the Pulse of the Morning” to our full house of eager graduates, relieved families and celebratory educators at the Forum. I believe that Angelou’s words speak about the horizon that is before the Class of 2014 and a new dawn awaiting Susquehanna Township School District.
“Lift up your faces, you have a piercing need
For this bright morning dawning for you.
History, despite its wrenching pain,
Cannot be unlived, but if faced
With courage, need not be lived again.
“Lift up your eyes
Upon this day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream.
“Women, children, men,
Take it into the palms of your hands,
Mold it into the shape of your most
Private need. Sculpt it into
The image of your most public self.
Life your hearts
Each new hour holds new chances
For a new beginning.”
I look forward to meeting you and working with you. My phone number is 717-657-5100, and my email is email@example.com. I hope to see you in person at an athletic event, a concert, an open house, a school board meeting, a musical, and any other place we all come together for the benefit of young people.
JEFFREY A. MILLER, Ed. D.
Susquehanna Township School District