Back to school
Hoadley: Collaboration, appreciation, trust building key words
A new superintendent and five new principals will welcome students back to Dublin City Schools Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Students won't see many changes during the 2013-14 school year outside of new administration and a few construction projects completed during the summer.
The biggest change will come in leadership as Todd Hoadley takes the reigns from David Axner, who will work for the Association of Secondary School Administrators starting next month.
Hoadley said he plans to concentrate on getting to know the community this year.
"Three words come to mind," he said.
"Visibility. People will see me out and about in this community attending both school and community events," Hoadley said.
"Listening when I'm out and about. I want to be learning and listening.
"It's visibility, listening and learning and not just at Dublin schools, but the Dublin school community."
Although his contract started Aug. 1, Hoadley has spent much of his summer learning about the district and city, which recently included meeting with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and city representatives.
Meeting administration and teachers within the district has been ongoing and will continue throughout the school year.
"A large number of administration work over the summer, so I've been able to meet with them collectively and also one on one," Hoadley said.
"I'm trying to develop my understanding of 20 different buildings across the district," he said. "Each has different culture and unique needs."
Hoadley got the chance to meet a few teachers at the end of the last school year, but he said that will be a focus as school gets back into session.
"That will be a concentration of mine," he said. "I haven't had as much time as I would like with them so far."
As for Hoadley's leadership style, he said the district will hear a lot from him about a system of collaboration, appreciation and trust building.
"I firmly believe that culture is so important in any organization," he said.
"Those three words our committee members and school members will hear me talking about a lot."
The five new principals in Dublin City Schools include Brian Blum at Wright Elementary School, Pete Kurty at Glacier Ridge Elementary School, Martha Barley at Bailey Elementary School, Mark Mousa at Karrer Middle School and Susann Wittig at Deer Run Elementary.
Elsewhere in the district, Coffman High School students will get a shot at the new cafeteria and lunch offerings Aug. 21.
The cafeteria serving lines and kitchen were renovated over the summer to improve the offerings and speed with which students are served.
At Riverside Elementary School, new pickup lanes were established to improve traffic flow at the school as well.
School begins Aug. 21 with the high schools running from 7:55 a.m. to 2:42 p.m., middle schools running 8:28 a.m.-3:08 p.m. and elementary schools from 9:10 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
AM Preschool is slated for 8:45-11:15 a.m. and PM Preschool is 12:45-3:15 p.m. The ELI program is scheduled for 11:40 a.m.-1:10 p.m., with AM Kindergarten running 9:10-11:40 a.m. and PM Kindergarten 1:10-3:40 p.m.
For more back to school information, look online at dublinschools.net.