Wilkes County Schools Community Member,
It is a tremendous honor for me to write this letter of welcome as Wilkes County Schools begins the 2021-2022 school year. While the 2020-2021 school year presented tremendous challenges for many, I truly believe the staff of Wilkes County Schools served our students better than any school system across the state during this time. Our students understood that expectations for them remained high throughout a worldwide pandemic, and as usual, stepped up to meet the expectations. During a time where our world needed good news, the work and success of Wilkes County Schools' students and staff should have been a source of pride for our entire county!
As we begin 2021-2022, our goal is to use what we have learned through this pandemic, couple this with the many strengths that were already in place, and make sure that our school system focuses on being better than at any time before. We certainly have the people in place to make this happen and as I stated before, our students have a history of rising to meet high expectations. Our goal should be for every component of our school system to be the best it can possibly be, because as you may have heard me say many times before, I believe the kids of this county deserve it!
As I begin my sixth year as superintendent of Wilkes County Schools, I have shared on many occasions that I want the best of everything possible for our students and for our staff members. I want this school system to be a place where every student feels safe, knows that they are valued, and knows that they will be held to high expectations. I want our schools to be places where parents want their children to be, where they know their children are safe and cared for, and where they know their child will be expected to grow academically. I want this school system to be a place where employees know they are valued, that their work is valued, and a place where people want to come to work. I look forward to working with you to help ensure that we reach these goals and to make this school system a source of pride for our entire county!
In closing, no matter what your role, let's work together to make 2021-2022 "better than any before" for the students, staff, and entire Wilkes County Schools community!
D. Mark Byrd
Wilkes County Schools