Dr. Redinger's Open Letters

Superintendent Dr. Shelley Redinger

Updates, messages and thoughts from Dr. Shelley Redinger To THE RSD COMMUNITY on the important work going on in RSD schools.

Oct. 6, 2022

After months of drafting and seeking community feedback, RSD’s strategic plan is nearly complete. District staff are scheduled to present a final draft to the Richland School Board later this month and that wouldn’t be possible if not for all the parents and community members as well as staff and students who provided input and recommendations. Thank you to all who helped us develop this map to our district’s future.

Among all the comments there were a number that I noticed with a similar theme. They were supportive of the plan, supportive of its focuses and initiatives. But they were unsure of one thing: our district’s and community’s ability to meet the vision and goals the plan itself. As one respondent said, “Everything looks amazing, it is just down to follow through with this plan.”

It’s true that our strategic plans goals are ambitious and challenging. Collaboration, critical thinking and communication will be crucial. We need to aim for success while being prepared for setbacks. However, I am confident that together we can move the community forward. Because we already are.

  • We are bringing new services, staff and resources into schools to address student mental health.
  • We are bolstering our instructional practices and enhancing educational offerings so we can serve each student’s unique learning needs.
  • We are working closely with our partners in emergency responses agencies and experts in security and student support to ensure our schools are emotionally and physically safe.

And it is in that spirit that I am starting a new series of opportunities for community members to engage with me and share perspectives, suggestions and feedback. “Redinger Roundtables” will be held throughout the district this school year, providing easy access for those residing in each area of our district. These will be informal events, with some brief opening remarks from me before just opening it up for conversation.

The first Roundtable will be on Oct. 17 at Hanford High School for our north Richland families and neighbors. Anyone wanting to attend is asked to register ahead of time so we can plan for refreshments and seating. I will be prioritizing discussions with our north Richland families at this first event, but I look forward to engaging with as many folks as I can throughout the district at future roundtables in central and south Richland and West Richland.

Just as we needed the community to join us in drafting our strategic plan, we also need the community’s help in fulfilling it. We can’t move forward without our families. So I hope to see you at one of my roundtables so that we can keep the lines of communication open, lift up our students and make our schools the best they can be.

Shelley

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