From Our Superintendent
Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Kenneth C. Somers
Dear D38 Families,
Welcome back, D38! On behalf of our entire district team, we are thrilled to welcome you all into the 2022-2023 school year and we are looking forward to incredible opportunities for growth, connection and innovation.
It seems like just a few days ago we sent off our graduating class with much pomp and circumstance, and already we are eagerly anticipating another time of celebration, welcoming all of our students back into our schools on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Our teams will be ready to welcome smiling faces back to a safe and welcoming school environment.
The beginning of a new school year often ushers in great hope, optimism and enthusiasm with innumerous opportunities. It's exciting to tap into this energy as we work to elevate every student, every day. The new year also provides a chance for us to reflect on our challenges and recommit to our pursuit of continuous improvement and excellence in everything we do.
Among our opportunities as we lean into this year will be the re-articulation and commitment to a shared vision, along with shared values that empower all learners in our education community. We look forward to the ongoing engagement of all D38 stakeholders in the shared design and delivery of our vision, mission, values and goals that will be paramount to realizing our strategic plan.
I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to share with families that Lewis-Palmer School District 38 is weighing the option of seeking community support in the form of a ballot issue that would allow D38 to invest more heavily in teacher and support staff compensation. We know the success of our students is heavily influenced by quality educators and a stable environment, and our studies have shown us that we need to increase our teacher and support staff salaries to accomplish this goal. We have outlined this important discussion in a webpage for our families and communities to review, and we will keep you informed about this in our updates moving forward.