Bryan Olkowski, Superintendent

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Bryan Olkowski, Superintendent

July, 2020

Dear WCUUSD Students, Staff, Parents, and Community Members,

It is my honor and privilege to have been selected to serve as the Superintendent of the Washington Central Unified Union School District.  My wife, Ruth, and infant daughter, Zadie, are really enjoying our time in Vermont.  Vermonters have been extremely friendly in helping us make the move to the Green Mountain State.  Ruth and I are very excited about raising our family in such a beautiful state.  I am eager to learn more about our amazing school district. 

My strong belief is that our primary job is to provide the best possible education for all students.  Over the next few months, I intend to speak with members from our educational communities to learn their perspective about our district.  I would like to learn as much as possible about the school district so all educational stakeholders are given a voice in determining our future direction.  I want to know what our communities’ values are and what areas folks think need to be addressed.  I will draw upon my educational leadership experiences and your input to help our district plot its course for the future.  

Over the last twenty-one years, I have served in various leadership positions.  As a district administrator, I have worked to advocate for all children to have equal access and opportunities to the school curriculum.  As both a High School and Middle School Principal, I have successfully led schools in Connecticut and in New Jersey to improve the academic achievement and educational outcomes for all students.  In each of these positions, I have worked collaboratively with parents, teachers, administrators, staff members, students, community members and board members to implement educational improvements designed to allow all children the opportunity to achieve their American dreams.  While the work is hard and challenging, I see my work through the three lenses I believe are most needed during challenging times – equity, transparency, and engagement.  Focusing on equity allows all members in the communities to have a chance to access the educational opportunities which exist in a school system.  Focusing on transparency allows all stakeholders to understand how and why decisions are made.  Focusing on engagement provides stakeholders the opportunity to listen and contribute to important decisions.  

While the upcoming 2020-2021 school year will be one we will never forget, the district’s strong positive culture and climate will help guide us through the turbulent times ahead.  In addition to welcoming a new superintendent of schools, our communities are still working through the challenges brought about by school district consolidation.  Furthermore, the current Covid-19 pandemic also is causing much disruption to our school communities.  Over the last several weeks, I have had the opportunity to watch and learn how WCUUSD school and district leaders work together to address challenges associated with remote instruction, providing meals to students, deciding whether to postpone or cancel events, and when and how to deliver instruction to prepare our students for the future.  Their efforts have been nothing short of amazing and we will continue to develop plans to reopen our schools in August while keeping our students and staff safe.  As plans are developed, we will continue to follow both the Center for Disease Control and the Vermont Agency of Education guidelines to bring our students back to school this fall.  I am looking forward to working and learning together with you in the years ahead to continually improve how our district educates all children to contribute to their local and global communities. 

Sincerely,

Bryan Olkowski