In my inaugural remarks in January, I called our focus on Salem’s schools a “community mission,” and it most certainly has been. We are not waiting for things to improve on their own, because they will not. Working in collaboration with DESE and positive partners in our community, we’ve been proactive. We won’t watch idly if plans don’t deliver results, and we won’t pretend things are better if they’re not.
We made a commitment to positive improvement in our schools through the AIP, and we have set strong standards and expectations for ourselves, our staff and our students. We won’t rest until we are achieving the best possible outcomes for our kids, because Salem’s students deserve nothing less than the very best that we can give them. We know we can achieve our goals and remain focused, committed and excited about the work underway!
Kim Driscoll is mayor of Salem and chair of the city’s School Committee. This is one in a series of columns from the Community Advisory Board for the Salem schools.