Building Rapport

As the superintendent of a small rural school district it is critically important to build rapport with all stakeholders. This requires that I be present and engaged in the activities in our communities. I hold two Community Forum meetings in each of our communities annually. I am a member of the Lion’s Club.  I attend athletic competitions at all sites. Generally speaking I make myself available to the public pretty much on a 24/7 basis. Building relationships with people is critical to making sure that our students get the best possible education.

Most recently our district undertook the challenge of developing a strategic plan. Over the past year we have had over 70 individuals help to create this document. Implementing our strategic plan will require that we get many more people involved in our schools. It is this type of personal contact work in our district that is most enjoyable for me.