Superintendent's Message - Dr. Larry Parsons
Even after 44 years of beginning new school years, the excitement has not gone away. Making a difference in the lives of students is reassuring. Many challenges lie ahead; but together with the same winning attitude, new successes can become reality. When students obtain a high quality education, we all win.
Each student is different because no two children learn in exactly the same way. It is essential that educators personalize learning for students. This means that time must be taken to understand the student and build a teacher-to-student relationship that is mutually appreciated. Greater teacher satisfaction and improved student achievement become the result.
Our school system is blessed with quality young individuals who care to learn. In May, 2012, 303 students graduated from Preston High School, with three students added to that number after completing summer school. The highest number of Career-Technical student completers in the school’s history graduated this year. Over $1.7 million of scholarships, grants, and awards were given to students with high academic, athletic, and vocational achievements. All schools were given full accreditation, and one school was denoted as distinguished.
Work will either commence, continue, or be completed on the building projects of the 2010 bond call during this school year. The projects entail a $65 million undertaking. The taxpayers are due a great debt of gratitude for saying "yes" to needed change and for sealing the positive future of community schools in Preston County.
With the funds provided by the existing levy, we have brought back and maintained necessary services and resources. November again brings an opportunity to express our commitment to the children of Preston County with a renewal of the levy. Preston County does not want to go backwards; with the passage of the five-year levy renewal, we can go forward with a positive future. Without the levy, our students, employees, and school system will be placed in extreme jeopardy.