‘I think students want normal’ | KCS incoming superintendent outlines goals
Knox County Schools incoming superintendent, Dr. Jon Rysewyk, met and greeted families and Knox Countians today to learn about their school problems and discuss what he plans to do.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knox County Schools incoming superintendent, Dr. Jon Rysewyk, met and greeted families and Knox Countians Monday to learn about their school problems and discuss what he plans to do.
“I think our main focus that we’re really going to work on and in my job as superintendent is to keep my eye on that ball and we’re really going to focus on excellence in foundational skills, making sure our literacy and math are strong,” Dr. Rysewyk said.
Rysewyk mentioned a few times those foundational skills set students up for strong futures post-graduation, whether that’s in a four year college, technical school or a career.
He also wanted to make sure every student knew they mattered, regardless of obstacles impacting every zip code.
“I think the biggest thing to remember is one size doesn’t fit all. So we’re going to work really hard to be in those communities, listening to those communities, having our central office staff in those communities, listening to our principals and teachers.”
He also shared he thinks his biggest challenge will be overcoming a lot of interruptions in the past couple years to the learning process.
“I think people want normal. I think students want normal. So I think getting back to defining what that is and again being laser focused on that so we can do what we need to do in our classrooms and our extra curricular ball games and our fine arts and those kinds of programs. I think folks are hungry for that.”
The board of education selected Dr. Jon Rysewyk on Feb. 22 after edging out his competition, Linda Cash, in a 6-2 vote. The East Tennessean will take the position on June 4, working alongside the current superintendent, Bob Thomas.
The meet and greet occurred at Ham N’ Goodys, located at 1049 North Cedar Bluff Road. The event was open to the public. All attendees were required to pay for their own meals.
Those wanting to learn more about Dr. Rysewyk can do so here.
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