The Way Forward: Sharing My Plan

A message from Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr., Superintendent of Schools.

Over the past sixty days since I joined ACPS as superintendent of schools, I have been working through the goals of my 100-Day Entry Plan. Even though it has only been just over sixty days, I have already met many people from all different walks of life in our community and have gained real insight into the refinement needed to take our school division to the next level in order for every student to be successful in school and in life. This is an opportunity to make ACPS the best it has ever been.

At the first of three meetings with my transition team — the group of staff and community members who are helping to guide me during the first 100 days in my role — the discussion focused on employee retention, metrics, collaboration, effective communication and prioritization of goals. But all of the topics kept coming back to one thing: ensuring student success.

We are an ambitious school division that has set attainable goals through our ACPS 2020 Strategic Plan, which outlines a vast array of initiatives established by members of the school division and community. This plan serves as our guide towards student success and contains several hundred key performance indicators we are working to meet every day. With many pressing needs, focusing and prioritizing will be important for ACPS as we forge ahead.

I look forward to sharing updates with you in the next few weeks when my transition team meets again and I continue to work toward finalizing the areas that need the most attention. But even after only a short time in this role, one thing is very clear to me: our community, staff and students are deeply committed to the same goal — and that is seeing every student succeed.

Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools