Superintendent's Corner

Dr. Kristine E. Nash

e-mail: knash@dcrsd.org

Twitter: @DCRSD_Super

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DUDLEY CHARLTON REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

OFFICE of the SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students and Community,

Welcome to Dudley – Charlton Regional School District! As we are about to begin the 2018-2019 school year, I am excited to be serving as your interim superintendent of schools. Administrators have been busy this summer hiring staff and ensuring that instructional materials and resources are in place. Custodians have done a great job in getting our buildings ready for opening day. Staff will report on Monday, August 27th and school opens for all students in Grades 1-12 on Tuesday, August 28th. The first day of school for Prek and Kindergarten is Tuesday, September 4th.

The Dudley – Charlton RSD will welcome familiar faces in new administrative roles this year. Lorinda Allen, formerly the district’s Director of Curriculum, has assumed the position of Sped Director. Barbara Marderosian, former SHRHS English teacher and ELL Coordinator, has moved into the Curriculum Director position for this school year. In addition, at Mason Road School, Jennifer Desto will take over as interim principal. At Dudley Middle School, there will be a new face joining the administrative team as Michael Tucker has been hired as the new assistant principal. Additionally, the district has filled the four new positions that were funded as part of the FY19 budget override. These positions are two Integration Technology Specialists and two School Adjustment Counselors, all positions added at the elementary level.

We are excited by many of the initiatives outlined in the district’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan and also the additional academic and support services that students will receive with the hiring of new elementary positions. The district’s academic focus this year will be on project – based learning with the goal to develop students who can be innovative, critical thinkers and problem solvers. In addition, the D-C RSD is committed to educating the whole child through its continued focus on social and emotional learning.

Finally, as all of us prepare for the opening of another school year, this is a good time to reflect on the importance of ensuring a climate of civility, respect and tolerance toward all. With tolerance and respect challenged even more today in this country, those most impacted are often our children who are witnesses to the negative activity and discourse through social media. The Dudley – Charlton RSD is committed to equity, inclusion and diversity and all that these values represent. Together with parents/guardians, our goal is to create a safe and supportive environment for all students to learn and to grow as individuals. Welcome back to the start of the 2018 – 2019 school year!

Kristine E. Nash Ed.D.

Interim Superintendent of Schools