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Sunday, 4/30/2017
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Greetings and thank you for visiting our web page! My name is Eric Whitney and I am proud to serve as Superintendent of the Romeo Community Schools. I have enjoyed getting to know the Romeo staff, students and parents over the past four years in my role as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to my work in Romeo, I served as a curriculum director and elementary principal in the Imlay City Community Schools. I also spent 13 years working next door in the Lake Orion Community Schools, as a middle school and high school teacher and as an elementary principal.

Over the years, many have asked me just what a school superintendent does. If you have been wondering about this same question, read on to learn about my responsibilities as Superintendent of Romeo Community Schools.

The superintendent is the top executive ("CEO") in the school district. The superintendent implements the school board’s vision by making day-to-day decisions about educational programs, spending, staff, and facilities. The superintendent hires, supervises, and manages the central staff and principals. Superintendents must work with school leaders -- principals -- to serve the needs of students and meet the district goals. The superintendent must also respond to the demands of all the other constituencies and interest groups in the district: teachers, students, parents, staff, advocates, and the community at large. She or he must consider how to use the financial and human resources of the district in order to achieve the best results. While being mindful of competing demands, a great superintendent will be guided by what is best for all students.

Stand for Children Washington, http://stand.org/washington/blog/2012/04/19/what-does-school-superintendent-do.

I am eager to embrace the many opportunities and challenges that await our great school district, and, as your Superintendent, I pledge to:

• Have a clear vision for the District. I will work with the Board of Education and district leaders to develop the vision, goals and objectives that will propel Romeo Community Schools to new heights.

• Be an instructional leader. The most important job of the District is to make sure students are learning at the highest levels. I will support teachers in implementing best instructional practices and maximizing student achievement.

• Communicate effectively with stakeholders. I will make a concentrated effort to communicate the needs and accomplishments of the District in a variety of formats, such as through newsletters, social media, public meetings and attendance at school events.

• Be a good listener. I will listen and consider differing viewpoints of various constituencies, and then make the best decision.

• Hold others accountable. I will direct administrators to accomplish the goals of the district, monitor their progress and evaluate their performance in order to motivate our team to reach its peak performance.

• Set bold goals. I will challenge district leaders, staff and our community to join me in setting rigorous goals and striving for continuous improvement. We will not rest on our laurels or be satisfied with goals that do not stretch us to be better.

• Be flexible. I will help the District respond to the inevitable ups and downs of the educational landscape, such as decreased funding, new legislative mandates, and changes in the school community, without compromising our vision. I will take a collaborative approach to solving problems.