A Message from Dr. Chris Lowder, Interim Superintendent
Let me begin by thanking everyone who has reached out to congratulate me over the past couple of weeks. It certainly has been a whirlwind, and I appreciate your kind, encouraging words and your support.
As I’ve said before, I am very excited about the opportunity to lead Cabarrus County Schools and to continue our tradition of educational excellence. I’m looking forward to working with teachers, administrators, parents, students and the community to achieve even greater success.
Traditionally, a new leader is given his or her first 100 days to meet with key constituencies and to implement changes. There are only 47 days left in the school year, so my timeframe definitely is compressed. Here’s a look at my major areas of focus for the remainder of the school year:
During the next few weeks, I will visit each of our schools and spend time in our classrooms. The image of what a 21st century classroom looks like continues to evolve, and although technology certainly plays a significant role in our classrooms, nothing can take the place of excellent teachers who challenge and inspire their students. Our commitment to placing teachers and staff members who are student-centered remains. We will continue to ensure that our classrooms are equipped with the right tools and materials so that our students continue to have engaging learning experiences inside their classrooms.
Drawing on my years of experience working in the district and as a CCS parent, I am compelled to organize our departments and processes so that they are more customer-service focused and intuitively structured. So, you will see some changes in our central office functions as we work to enhance the district’s operational efficiency.
Community Support and Involvement
These final months of the school year will be quite busy and filled with opportunities for community support, participation and involvement. We will formally present a proposed budget to our County Commissioners, celebrate the graduating class of 2015, and present redistricting plans to the Board of Education for the new Odell Elementary School. Looking ahead, I also plan to host a series of community meetings beginning in September. These sessions will provide me with an opportunity to hear from you. We’ll share more information about the community meetings in the coming months.
Cabarrus County Schools is the excellent school system it is because of the great people who are a part of it. I look forward to continue working with you to make CCS even better.
Christopher M. Lowder, Ed.D.