Dr. Robertson Reviews First 100 Days As Superintendent

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Hamilton County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Justin Robertson is marking his upcoming 100th work day as the county’s top education official by releasing a report highlighting progress on his 100-day goals, feedback obtained from stakeholders by his transition team, and a vision for the District’s development of its next Strategic Plan.

“These first 100 days have been packed full of opportunity,” Dr. Robertson said. “Opportunity to listen, engage, and execute on important work that will have a direct impact on all our students in Hamilton County Schools. Because of your support and engagement, together we have been able to accomplish much of the vision I set out to achieve in my first 100 days as superintendent of this incredible school district.”

In his first 100 days, Dr. Robertson met the goals he outlined during his interview in his 100 day transition plan:

Building a Productive District Culture: Build positive relationships and culture in Hamilton County Schools

  - Engaged in meaningful learning focused on the culture of care for our students and leaders 

Effective Transition: Gather feedback and recommendations from stakeholders across the county

 - Gathered feedback from teachers, leaders, coaches, parents and community partners through transition teams 

Student Outcomes: Remain focused on the success of our students

 - Remained focused on the academic success of our students through engaging curriculum and second semester adjustments based on data and student observation.

Governance/District Alignment: Ensure that our district assets are aligned to meet our current and future goals

 - Crafted and presented a balanced budget focused on providing access for our students and investing in our people.

Connecting with the school district’s stakeholders to hear their concerns and ideas has been a focus of Dr. Robertson’s first 100 days.

“I have been continually reminded of the honor and privilege it is to work alongside this community on behalf of our students,” Dr. Robertson said. “Over my first 100 days, this community has been willing to share openly with me and allow me to gain additional insight into our future as a school system.”

These insights include the following: (A full list of transition team recommendations is included on pages 2 and 3 of the report)

We have a strong and invested community that supports Hamilton County Schools

 - We need to develop stronger systems of engagement, collaboration, and connection with all stakeholders to build trust among our community and an unwavering belief in the success of
our students. 

We have a diverse school system that reflects our community

  - We must continue to lean into this diversity as the asset it is to our school system and be intentional about the support in place to ensure every student receives the opportunity and access to be successful.

Our students and teachers thrive when we serve the entire child 

 - Our system needs to continue to support the wellness of our students and teachers through access to community resources, environments that support wellness and engagement, and training for our staff on creating a culture of care in their buildings.

Moving forward, Dr. Robertson will take these successes and insights to lead the community through the important work of creating a new strategic plan for Hamilton County Schools.

 - Strategic Planning work will kick off in June and officially launch during the Hamilton County State of the System even in January.


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