GREAT FALLS — Dr. J.R. Green, superintendent of the Fairfield County School District, recently held his quarterly town hall meeting, this time in Great Falls.
Topics of discussion ranged from various awards students have been achieving and the importance of evolving our ways of thinking as time goes on.
Green emphasized the local Beta Club, which placed second in the statewide academic competition in Myrtle Beach and will compete in the national Beta Club’s competition in New Orleans in June. Another highlight was the number of high school students gaining acceptance into academic programs to further their education.
While non-academic after-school programs have been declining, Green again emphasized the need for more, and there are several expected to come up in the next few years.
He further underlined the ability for high school students to graduate with an Associate’s Degree at Fairfield Central High School. Green also added that the district has also started a band program in virtually all of their elementary schools.
Also discussed was an announcement that the Old Career Center building is being renovated to accommodate the transportation department, the maintenance department, and the Gordon Odyssey Academy.
Green took this opportunity to address a stigma that has plagued the district. Despite improvements in virtually every school and metric, the district is still under fire from many residents and has been listed as a weakness in the community.
With all of the achievements and progress in the district, Green would like to see an evolution on the way success is measured in our society. Currently, many people assume that success is measured only in the four year degree they were taught to strive for.
Green said the goal of the school district is not to send every student to a four-year program nor should it be. Rather, the goal is to give students the opportunity to earn a livable wage. If they reach that with a two year degree or by entering the military, those students are just as successful in life as those who obtained a bachelor’s degree.