Pep talk, then time for school to begin
Her message to teachers?
“To focus on students and understand their aspirations,” said Livingston, a former superintendent of the Fall Mountain Regional School District.
“I’m going to hopefully visit every single school (Wednesday),” the superintendant said.
Teachers and students “are just so energized and happy and smiles on their faces. You can’t help but smile yourself.”
“The savings comes in because we have lengthened the school days, which adds minutes to every school day,” she said.
“Our goal is within 10 minutes of the bell, students are learning,” Livingston said.This year’s school calendar calls for the first day on Wednesday with the last day slated for June 12. Last year’s calendar had the first day of school on Aug. 29, with the last day scheduled for June 13.
Dick said the two big changes this year are the modified school schedule and the inclusion of more Common Core standards, which are nationwide standards that are included in lesson plans.Livingston said the district has 1,153 full- and part-time teachers under contract, about 10 more than last year.Meanwhile, Livingston plans around mid-January to begin “to plan, looking at scheduling and all those things, push back as much of this and plan early and be pro-active” looking toward next September.