See Dr. Julious Lawson’s full 100 Day Entry Plan here
I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve as your Superintendent of the Ames Community School District and to further the goals of the school community and the Board of Trustees. It’s time to learn, grow and move forward together. I am honored by the board’s confidence in my ability to lead and grow the Ames Community School District into one of the nation’s leading school districts. I appreciate the community support and am excited about our work together.
As we look to the 2022-23 school year, my goal is to ensure that we continue to build on the great work of the district while cultivating new opportunities to improve student achievement and opportunities for every student. A necessary process to begin this work is the establishment of a 100 day entry plan. During my first 100 days, the district will undergo a comprehensive review of programs, systems, initiatives, services, student performance, and fiscal conditions to assess our strengths, challenges, and opportunities for improvement. Additionally, we will continue to strengthen our partnerships with the greater Ames community, our business partners, and other academic institutions while remaining focused on teaching and learning in our classrooms. While day-to-day operations will require me to make decisions in support of organizational effectiveness, the insights gained during the input planning process will ensure that future decisions are underpinned by a data-driven process.
The Entry Plan will give me the opportunity to LISTEN and LEARN from our staff, students and school community during my first few months on the job. In an effort to lead the success of every student in the Ames Community School District, we will engage the entire school community – students, staff, families, caregivers, business leaders and community partners. We will provide multiple opportunities for engagement and capture stakeholder voices as we develop a shared vision for the district before moving into our strategic planning process. The plan will focus on five critical areas of work that I will engage in: governance, student success, community and public relations, talent management, and management and operations.
Once the first 100 days are complete, this team will be in a better position to set a vision for the years to come. My listening and learning tour will help us make immediate improvements and determine the best course of action for our students, community and staff. I expect every student in every school to thrive.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve the students of the Ames Community School District. Together, we will ensure that our schools are safe, nurturing and inspiring places for every student. I hope to earn your trust and support as we pursue our mission to provide equitable access to learning that enables every student to reach their full personal and educational potential. I look forward to working alongside you!
Dr. Julious T. Lawson