On behalf of the Dublin Board of Education, our principals, our teaching staff and our support staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year.

We anxiously await the return of our students Aug. 16. I would like to invite our entire community to celebrate the first day of school with us using #DCSday1 on Twitter. This hashtag has become a Dublin City Schools tradition because of your participation. Please share your back-to-school photos and thoughts with us using #DCSday1.

Again this year, you will hear and read about the Dublin Difference, which is more than a slogan or a hashtag. It's a philosophy that guides the daily work done in our classrooms by our teachers and in our district by our support staff.

What is the Dublin Difference?

* The Dublin Difference is a well-rounded education that develops not only a child's mind but also a child's heart.

* The Dublin Difference is the commitment by our faculty to deliver world-class instruction to ensure our students are college- and career-ready.

* The Dublin Difference is our commitment to continuous improvement.

I am firmly convinced the Dublin City School District is one of America's best school districts and that status is due to our supportive community, top-level principals, expert teachers and dedicated support staff.

What's new in 2017-18?

A one-to-one technology initiative in grades 6 and 9 will be implemented during the first half of the new school year. This means providing Chromebooks to all sixth- and ninth-graders this coming school year, with the goal of being one to one in grades 6-12 by 2019. Teacher mobility, infrastructure enhancements and improved space utilization also were implemented successfully during the first year of the technology plan.

The Chromebooks would be able to augment the district's workshop model of instruction, which offers differentiated instruction and personalized learning experiences. One of the goals of our technology plan is to increase students' access to the learning tools of the day. More devices in the hands of students and shifting to high-quality digital content eventually could cut down on the number of textbooks the district needs to purchase.

Enrollment growth will continue to be a consistent theme for us again this school year. We have added about 2,400 students over the past 10 years and are expecting to add another 3,000 in the coming 10 years. Our master plan has laid out our future school construction needs as well as upgrades to existing buildings. We also are working on preparing the former Verizon building for students for the 2018-19 school year. A naming committee and programming committee have begun meeting and soon will make recommendations to our school board.

I encourage you to stay connected this year by taking advantage of our many communication platforms. You can follow the district on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook and get all the latest school information at dublinschools.net.

As always, thank you so much for your support of our district. We look forward to seeing our students next week. Have a great 2017-18 school year.

Todd Hoadley is Dublin City Schools superintendent.