SPPS superintendent delivers 'State of the District' address

February 13, 2019 12:51 PM

On Wednesday, the leader of Minnesota's second-largest school district outlined how St. Paul Public Schools officials plan to help more than 37,000 students succeed beyond the classroom.

Superintendent Dr. Joe Gothard delivered the annual "State of the District" address Wednesday morning in front of students, parents and staff.


"By building a positive school district culture, we are preparing students for life beyond high school. We are looking to effectively teach our students culture in a relevant way," Gothard said. "We are looking to engage with our community and our families in a new and better way, and most importantly, we are looking to share our resources in a way that is going to help us achieve our goals."

According to the district, the SPPS Achieves plan focuses on six long-term student outcomes. Some of those include increasing achievement of English learners, decreasing disparities in achievement based on race and culture and preparing all graduates for college and careers.

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Gothard also recognized some challenges the district will face during the five-year strategic plan.

"We have 38,000 individual unique learners and 6,000 staff who bring many talents and the ability to build a culture where everybody understands and believes in what our mission is and everyday knows that they are supported to do their best," Gothard said. "I think those are the greatest challenges, but they are also the greatest opportunities into how we are going to be successful."

The superintendent said that longterm plan comes from getting input from parents, teachers and students.

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