Dear Members of the Brighton School Community,
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. … This is the interrelated structure of reality.” This couldn’t be more true in our school community or in our lives together. To that end, our community shares in victories, in defeats, in moments of challenge, and in moments of celebration. We are who we are because of every individual and we are better when every member of our community is valued, engaged, supported, and a part of the discussion.
Throughout the year, many members of our school community have been engaged in important discussions, deliberations, and action planning regarding the District’s efforts in the area of diversity and equity. Their participation and hard work has yielded important action steps that will undoubtedly improve our work in engaging all families, developing a staff that is more representative of all families, and being more culturally responsive and aware in practices and in instruction. We are better when everyone is engaged, included, and embraced.
Throughout the budget process and both votes, many people became involved in voicing their perspectives and in making choices with a variety of consequences. We listened, we learned, and we are committed to being better for the long term because we have a strong sense for the many opinions on spending and the resulting cost to the community. We will continue to seek efficiencies, advocate, and allocate wisely. We are better because so many of you have been engaged.
In June, more than 95 percent of our seniors crossed the stage and received a diploma. They achieved at a high level academically and in their areas of interest. They are heading off to lead the world and our community. They are well equipped to do so and we can’t wait to see what they will accomplish. Their exceptionally high rate of graduation is a result of their hard work, their talent, their committed teachers and staff, support at home, and their community.
At the end of the school year, 48 members of the school community gathered to review and provide feedback on updates to the Blueprint, our annual strategic plan. They thought deeply about the impact on every individual and how that impacts all of us and our collective experience. They dug deeply to provide a critical lens and to explore the intersectionality between our work throughout the priority areas and the ways that we could continuously improve for all individuals, and in doing so, for the entire school community.
Thank you for the ways that you as individuals are making a difference for the entire school community and for every family and child.
Have a great summer of fun with family and friends.
Kevin McGowan, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools