To the members of the Pelham City Schools Community and staff members of Pelham City Schools:
For years, the phrase, “Pelham City Hornets” has been synonymous with a great community school system. Pelham City Schools has served the students in Pelham City, South Mitchell County, and the surrounding area for many years. The fore fathers of Pelham knew how important a great education would be in the life of every child. To that end, a city school system was written in to the Charter of our special city. As we look to the future, it is vital that the current citizens of the Greater Pelham Community work to not only continue the work of our fore fathers but expand their vision by making Pelham City Schools one of the finest School Systems not only in this region but across the State and Nation.
The future of Pelham City Schools can be as bright as we can envision it! However, to ensure the future, the citizens of today must plan for tomorrow. We must work together to establish a clear vision of where we want to be as a school system one year, three years, and even five and ten years down the road. To realize our vision, we must improve upon our map or “strategic plan.” We must get a clearer knowledge of where we are now in order to update the plan. Therefore, over the next few months, the Pelham City Schools Board of Education will convene focus group meetings within our community to get a clear picture of where the community sees our present state and to also develop a clearer vision of where we want to be in the future. Our first meeting will be held next Monday, September 9, 2013 in the Pelham City Middle School cafeteria from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. This is an open meeting and the community is welcome.
We will be asking the community members three primary questions. One, what are the things we are currently doing well and need to continue? Two, what are the things we are not doing well and need to stop? And, three, what are the things we are not doing that we need to start doing? Our goal will be to take the data and constructive criticism we receive from our conversation meetings and incorporate it into a roadmap for success.
The information we receive from the community, administrators, teachers, staff and most importantly our students will culminate in an updated “strategic plan” that when followed will lead us to the school system that we envision. The strategic plan will become a living document that will be shared with the community and can be updated with an ongoing procedure that will always keep Pelham City Schools on the right track toward an even greater school system.
I want to thank in advance the Board of Education members, all the community members, administrators, teachers, staff members, and students that will work toward this initiative. It is not going to be an easy task. However, as the road map becomes clear and communicated to the public, it will be one that is easily followed and will result in a desirable outcome.
Floyd P. Fort9/3/2013
Pelham City Schools