• Welcome to North Salem! I am honored, grateful, and excited to be your new superintendent. With initial introductions and summer work behind me, my first-year entry plan has helped me to focus on six broad categories:  Goals Video Link

     

    • Leadership and Staffing
    • A Solid Relationship with the Board of Education
    • Communications and Building Community Relations
    • The District’s Mission
    • Facilities and Operations
    • Finance and Budget

     

    All year, I will continue to develop short-term and longer-term priorities in these broad categories as I “hit the ground learning.” While I am leading and managing the district immediately, I will continue to connect with people so that we can plot a course of goals and priorities for the next 3-5 years together.

     

    What to expect after January: 4 District Goals

     

    It is customary for a superintendent and Board of Education to announce district goals and priorities in the opening weeks of school. Given that this is our first year working together, we stretched that process out and launched the following 4 District Goals to lead us through the remainder of my first year and with a close eye on how these goals with drive the 2024-25 Budget:

     

    Communication:  Improve internal and external communications to build on the existing strengths of individuals and departments; to build trust with the community; to inform the BOE and assist them in their governance role.

     

    Establish Annual Goals Setting and Evidence Cycles:  Formalize procedures for goal setting, goal sharing, evidence collections, self-reflection and evaluation. to help the district, the board, and the community strengthen its culture of continuous improvement.

     

    Manage Existing Projects:  continue to strengthen immediate/inherited projects:

    • Start Time and Pre-K
    • Staffing Needs
    • Budget and Finance
    • Academic Achievement

     

    Establish Long Range Planning Processes:

    • Facilities LRP (including BCS, current projects, and 2025 Bond)
    • Strategic Vision for:
    1. Mission
    2. Community Engagement
    3. Finance and Budget
    4. Staffing and Professional Growth
    5. Academic Achievement

     

    I believe that most of the best answers we seek for the future will require a collective effort, a thoughtful exchange of diverse points of view, and an ongoing, shared commitment to the mission: Engage students to continuously learn, question, define, and solve problems through critical and creative thinking.

     

    I look forward to the journey ahead!

     

    Best regards,

     

    Duncan Wilson Ed.D.

    Superintendent

     

     

    Welcome to North Salem!

    I am honored, grateful, and excited to be your new superintendent. With initial introductions and summer work behind me, my first-year entry plan helps me to focus on six broad categories:

    • Leadership and Staffing
    • A Solid Relationship with the Board of Education
    • Communications and Building Community Relations
    • The District’s Mission
    • Facilities and Operations
    • Finance and Budget

    I am developing short-term and longer-term priorities in these broad categories as I “hit the ground learning.” While I am leading and managing the district immediately, I will continue to connect with people so that we can plot a course of goals and priorities for the next 3-5 years together. 

    My next priorities:

    • Maintaining the district's strong commitment to safety.
    • Reviewing and revising current communications structures with the board, faculty, and community.
    • Understanding and supporting current professional learning for faculty.

    What to expect this fall:

    It is customary for a superintendent and Board of Education to announce district goals and priorities in the opening weeks of school. Given that this is our first year working together, we have stretched that process out into early fall, so look for the following in the coming months:

    • A review of current initiatives and priorities for this year and planning for the 2024 budget.
    • Continued outreach to faculty, staff, community organizations, and members of the community as I get to know the many contributors to North Salem’s success and commitment to excellence.
    • An engaged superintendent getting to know students, faculty, staff, and parents.
    • Monthly letters to the community as I work to keep you informed of my efforts all year. They will be posted here and in The Compass, a monthly district newsletter that anyone can subscribe to by clicking this link.

    When our paths cross, know this about me: I will work hard to learn your name! I will probably ask you about what you’re reading and thinking about. You will discover that I like to read and I like to talk about ideas. I believe that most of the best answers we seek for the future will require a collective effort, a thoughtful exchange of diverse points of view, and an ongoing, shared commitment to the mission: Engage students to continuously learn, question, define, and solve problems through critical and creative thinking.

    I look forward to the journey ahead!

    Best regards,

    Duncan Wilson Ed.D.
    Superintendent

     

     

     

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    Duncan Wilson, Superintendent

     

    Dr. Wilson and a student

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