I am indeed honored to serve as superintendent of Essex County Public Schools as we usher in a new school year. This IS going to be a great year, a year that will truly meet the needs of our students and showcase our schools.
Our mission is focused on meeting the individual educational needs of our students. Our vision is all about culture:
In partnership with our students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community, Essex County Public Schools is committed to creating Pathways to Excellence by promoting a positive, student-focused culture striving for continuous improvement that meets the academic, athletic, artistic, and career-occupational needs of all our students by guiding, inspiring, celebrating, and teaching our students as we equip them to meet the challenges of a global society.
This year, we are also embracing the theme, “Fill Someone’s Bucket Today!” This theme focuses on “increasing the positive while reducing the negative”. Also, we are excited to form the “ECPS Partnership for Excellence” committee. This committee consists of administrators, faculty members, parents and community members. The mission of the Committee is to be an action committee that performs services for the betterment of the school division. In addition, the Committee is designed to engage the community by offering the community voice and opinion on matters of interest.
We welcome Mrs. Heather Gentry, Principal of Essex Intermediate School, Ms. Erin Wahl, School Psychologist, Mr. Donald Ashburn, Director of Gifted Services, Mr. Jason Bellows, Instructional Technology Resource Teacher, and all of our new teachers and support staff.
We welcomed 26 new teachers and support staff to the New Teacher Orientation on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. All employees of Essex County Public Schools reported for the 2015 Convocation on Monday, August 24, 2015. Schools will open on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
I would like to thank the Essex County School Board members, Board of Supervisors, administrators, faculty, staff, parents and community for all of your support. With commitment and hard work, I am confident that the best days of Essex County Public Schools are ahead of us. We look forward to a great year!
Scott A. Burckbuchler, Ph.D. Division Superintendent
We are in the process of rolling over our student information system to the new school year. The PowerSchool Parent Portal will be disabled until we finalize classes and schedules for the 2015-16 school year. We appreciate your patience and look forward to a productive school year as our students continue on their Pathways to Excellence.