Dr. Joshua Powell, Superintendent
The Montgomery County School District is rapidly progressing into a top-notch, educational entity, and on behalf of all the educators, I would like to welcome you to our program. In 2011, the community decided to promote excellence in education and a new mindset was formed. As a result, the local board of education and I developed a new vision: Leading all of Kentucky’s children by achieving top ten in everything we do. With this, the beliefs and values of our district quickly progressed into something that well represents our great nation—the belief that we are great and that we, as Americans, have the tools to create the best educational system in the world.
It is wonderful to be the superintendent of a district that has accepted this challenge. Our educators, despite difficult times and rampant excuses from others, have embraced education reform and developed lofty goals. All of us wholeheartedly believe that we possess the collective ability to achieve at extraordinary levels, and we will be the model for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Secondly, as a result of our efforts as a community, we have been named as one of the 2012 100 Best Communities for Young People by the America's Promise Alliance. This a great, national honor and a very appropriate award that perfectly captures the essence of what we strive for and represent as a community and a school system. In terms of student achievement, we have progressed from 132 of 174 school districts in the state in 2011 to 29th in the state in 2013.
Our school system's commitment to education is mitigated by innovation, recognizing educators as professionals, and the belief that all kids can learn at high levels. The educators at MOCO adopt these beliefs and they epitomize all that is good in the field of teaching. Let me also say that it is my belief that MOCO is the absolute best place for students and I am quite proud of the direction that our school is headed, both as a parent of five and as a school leader. Although we have established unparalleled accountability for our educators, it is rivaled by the empowerment and resources that we provide these same educators, as teacher culture and civility are a priority in this district. To this end, our district was named as one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky in 2014 through the BPTW program conducted by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.
Furthermore, our goal is to be a national model of performance excellence, in accordance with the Baldrige Model. We have defined our customers as parents and students and are placing tremendous emphasis on the satisfaction of our customers.
Our focus throughout the 2013-14 school year continues to be on teaching and learning. Powell's Priority: iRead to Succeed was initiated to ensure that all students are able to read on grade level by the end of the third grade.
I am grateful that your child is enrolled in the MOCO system. I invite current and prospective customers the opportunity to explore our district, as well as provide feedback to any of our departments. This school year is sure to be exciting and it is with great pride that I welcome you to the Montgomery County School District.
Joshua E. Powell, Ph.D. 3/24/2014