New Board Takes Office
Board Chair Lays Out Focus for Next Four Years
School board members were sworn in by retired judge the Honorable John H. England, Jr. alongside members of the city council today.
"This year, we have six returning board members who will help this group hit the ground running in probably the most important academic year this system has ever faced," said Wilson during his inaugural address.
The board begins its work Tuesday night with its first regular meeting at 6 p.m.
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The board-superintendent relationship is a unique one. Wilson highlighted superintendent Mike Daria's leadership in the successes had to date.
"He is unwavering in his efforts to make TCS excellent," he said of the Daria. "We have enjoyed one of the best four years TCS has ever had thanks to his leadership." "He appropriately celebrates our successes, but never be satisfied with our results. We have a critical year coming up post-pandemic, never has the education of our students been more important."
Here's what Wilson said the board will spend its focus in collaboration with Daria in the next four years:
- Continuation of a data-driven approach to the TCS Reading Before Third Grade literacy program prior to the implementation of the Alabama Literacy Act
- Adoption and implementation of Strategic Plan 2.0
- Achievement of Exemplary status for all libraries
- Creation of an innovative special project at Stillman Heights designed to transform the West side of Tuscaloosa
"Together we can continue to make a difference," he said.