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From the Desk of the Superintendent, Dr. Barry Williams
Over the summer our wonderful support staff has been working to make sure that everything is ready for you as we launch a new school year. It’s certain to be a good one because our school system is the best!
*July 30-31 we experienced a fantastic administrative retreat with the Navy (Chief Petty Officer Christopher Bramlett, International speaker (Dr. Bill Daggett), Mr. John Leidy (Attorney at Law) and Dr. Jim Watson (Retired successful Superintendent).
*Convocation on August 17th motivated and inspired our employees for an exciting start with special surprise guest State Superintendent - Dr. June St. Claire Atkinson;
*Professional Development throughout the district prepared our teachers with new ideas and instructional designs;
*Open House and orientations were so exciting;
*We are connected to Facebook to communicate with all stakeholders;
*The County Commissioners and Board of Education have the same vision for Gates County and have committed to embrace change for our students;
*And now, after two weeks of school, the students are engrossed in learning and preparing for their future for the next day, next week, next month and next year!
As we all know, times are tough with indecisiveness from the House and Senate, as they have been for some time. In Gates County we have clearly demonstrated that we have the ingenuity to make the most of what we have. I am proud that we are committed to functioning as a team, committed to each other’s success. All students belong to all of us, and this year I know we will continue to work together to ensure that every student learns. We will again have high expectations, continuously assess our progress toward achieving them, and stay focused on results. This district is committed to continuous improvement.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” The children are the future - we must never lose sight of this. That’s not to say we don’t have some important educational traditions. We do, and we are anchored by them.”
Together we will again this year strive to seek and implement the right initiatives to keep us moving forward. I’d like to quote King Whitney, Jr. who said, “Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better.” We must not let ourselves feel threatened by change, but rather encouraged and inspired by hope and confidence.
Please never forget that we have the utmost respect for what our teachers do and the difference they make. In the spirit of collaboration, please remember the importance of honest and open communication. We must work together to share our views and opinions with others as well as endeavor to hear and consider input from others. Let us recognize and appreciate each other’s efforts and dedication.
We want our students to always remember that we created for them an atmosphere of caring, compassion and humor.
Welcome back for another GREAT year!!
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Gates County Public Schools
P. O. Box 125
205 Main Street
Gatesville, NC 27938
Phone: (252) 357-1113
Fax: (252) 357-0207
District Office Hours - 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.