Superintendent

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Dr. Matt Baker
Superintendent
matt.baker@wv.kyschools.us

Superintendent Progress Report #2:

This is the second report on my progress in implementing the Entry Plan that I submitted to our Board of Education at my interview for this position.  The first progress report and my Entry Plan can be found on my webpage at:  http://wv.kyschools.us/about/superintendent

I recently administered a survey of all parents in our district in an attempt to determine the level of parent satisfaction in our schools.  Another goal of this activity was to identify opportunities to make our district even better for our children, parents, and community.

I am pleased to share the following percentages of parents who indicate that they are highly satisfied with our schools:

  • Walton-Verona Elementary School: 91.7% of 60 total responses
  • Walton Verona Middle School: 77.8% of 53 total responses
  • Walton-Verona High School: 89.3% of 74 total responses

In addition to the impressive data above, I would like to share some individual parent comments about our schools:

Walton-Verona Elementary School:

  • My child has been supported academically and emotionally her entire WV career.She feels safe.She feels loved.She is challenged academically and provided opportunities to grow personally.
  • The teachers have been great at communicating expectations, and sending appropriate work home.The work my son brings home daily that he is doing in class is very appropriate for his age.
  • Caring and communicative teacher, interactive lessons, hands on activities that are engaging.

Walton Verona Middle School: 

  • The teachers support and push the kids to grow as independent thinkers.
  • We moved in from another district recently and we’re happier with WV than we’ve been in years.
  • I believe that Walton-Verona schools do their best to help our children with their education along with parental involvement.
  • The entire staff is dedicated to the success of my daughter.

Walton-Verona High School: 

  • We moved to Walton for the school district 2 years ago and have not been disappointed.
  • Walton-Verona has so many opportunities for our children to excel in many areas.
  • I believe my child is not only educated by our faculty and staff, but he’s also nurtured and encouraged by them! We truly have some top notch educators!
  • My child is challenged in a positive way by the courses available; great opportunities with extra-curricular activities.
  • Teachers are always willing to go the extra mile to make sure my kids have an adequate chance to learn the material even if it means after school help, retaking tests at times, etc.

After reading these and many other comments from our parents, it is easy to understand why our district is a “district of choice” in Northern Kentucky.  While I was thrilled to read the many positive statements from our parents, I was also very eager to hear their suggestions for how we can better serve our children, parents, and community. 

Some of the most common suggestions from our parents:

  • Improved technology for students
  • More challenging work for advanced students
  • Mental health services for students
  • Recruiting/retaining top teachers
  • Individual communication from teachers to parents about their child’s academic progress

These and other suggestions will be invaluable when we develop, adopt, and implement a new Strategic Plan for our district.  This work will intensify next spring when teachers, parents, community members, administrators, and Board members meet over multiple days to examine this survey data along with several other sources of data to determine our greatest strengths, as well as our greatest opportunities for improvement.  The product of this work, our new Strategic Plan, will guide our improvement efforts over the next several years.  Once this important work is complete, the new Strategic Plan will be widely shared with all parents, community members, and stakeholders.

Please stay tuned for more updates as I continue to implement the activities described in my Entry Plan.  If you did not receive the parent satisfaction survey discussed in this update, then please contact your child’s school and update your email address.  I will be administering another parent survey in the spring and will need your input as we work together to ensure the future success of all children in our school district.
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