As Superintendent of our district, I recognize that the Bossier Parish School system has had the pleasure to reap the benefits of many blessings that set us apart from other districts. Credit must first be given to the unselfish dedication of exemplary employees who consistently strive to ensure excellence is reflected in every facet of the system.
Next would be the outstanding cadre of inquisitive, motivated, and inspired students who possess the drive and determination to conquer new horizons and not only set lofty goals, but successfully achieve them.
Third would be a supportive community that continuously demonstrates unparalleled support of the school system, providing the resources necessary to allow the system to flourish, grow, and take the lead in developing 21st Century learners and leaders.
There is no doubt these blessings have been the catalyst behind our system’s continued academic excellence, placing our system in the position as one of the top 10 school districts in Louisiana for state assessment scores.
What makes me most proud of our system, though, is how our students, employees, and community joined together for the 2012-13 school year to serve and meet the needs of others – their relentless, unselfish drive to PAY IT FORWARD!
For example, Bossier Schools accepted “Rachel’s Challenge,” a nationwide initiative to help those in need. From sending candy to U.S. troops serving overseas to collecting thousands of dollars, textbooks and toothbrushes for our neighbors in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma, the many acts of goodwill demonstrated by the staff and students of the Bossier School system are inspiring. A wonderful overview of those efforts is encapsulated in this video.
You see, while Bossier Schools consistently provide students with excellent educational opportunities, we teach something else of much greater value that is not part of the curriculum - the importance of looking beyond ourselves and reaching out to meet the needs of others. In doing so, I have no doubt the long-term benefits we reap will far surpass a school or district performance score.
Just as it takes a village to educate a child, we are most powerful when we harness our talents and strengths and work together toward making a difference. I look forward to the 2013-14 school year to see where our continued efforts to “pay it forward” take us.
D.C. Machen, Jr.
Bossier Schools Superintendent