While students enjoy their last week of summer vacation, teachers and administrators with local schools are heading back to work. This week will be a busy one for Lauderdale County Schools as they prepare to welcome back students with functions for teachers and administrators this week.
Randy Hodges, superintendent of Lauderdale County Schools, tells us what their major goal is right now. "Well the big thing is be prepared for the beginning. We have orientation for our new teachers today; tomorrow at the Riley Center we have a retreat for all of our administrators, and we have invited and have on the agenda state department officials in the area of accountability."
Lauderdale County Schools have some of the best performing schools in the state, and Hodges is quick to point out that it is all thanks to the teachers.
"What makes or breaks your district is that classroom teacher, so yes, I would give them the credit for the success we've had in the past and what we're expecting this year is our teachers in the classroom," states Hodges.
While hallways are being painted and classrooms reorganized to prepare for the arrival of students and the learning that will take place, Hodges has a special message for parents, especially those who are new to the district this year.
"Communicate," Hodges says. "Communicate with your teacher in the classroom, communicate with your building-level administrator, the central office staff, we're here to help. We're here to support. We want it to be the best experience we can possibly make it, so communication is important."
Both Southeast and Clarkdale expect their final preparations to be completed for when classes begin for all four Lauderdale County Schools on August 7th.