SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Springfield School District kicked off the start to their school year with their annual State of the Schools Address. This year’s event ended a little differently than in years past.
Springfield School District Superintendent Nancy Golden gave the annual address. Golden, who is entering her tenth year as superintendent of the district, highlighted achievements from last year and shared her vision for this year. At the end of her speech, there was a surprise for the audience.
Superintendent Golden put a big emphasis on getting Springfield students college and career ready, which is work that starts long before high school.
Golden and her team are encouraging a 95-percent attendance record for each student. There’s also a renewed concentration on the arts as well as teacher quality.
Golden talked about new partnerships formed with other community organizations such as Brattain Early Learning Center, Willamette Leadership Academy and Academy of Health and Science. The Springfield School District is also starting an online school program.
Overall, Golden is energetic and excited about this school year.
“What we want all kids to know is that you’re building skills so that you have a choice of whether you want to go into a career or go to college, but we want you all to be career and college ready. So, we think it starts the moment they come to our classrooms,” said Nancy Golden, Springfield Schools Superintendent.
Throughout her speech, Golden mentioned several achievements by various schools, staff and students, which she calls wow moments.
Golden’s speech ended with a flash mob, which she even participated in. She says it was a way to honor the Springfield School District staff. Golden says there were 1,400 people in attendance, and 250 of those participated in the flash mob. She says it took them about a month to learn their routine.