Superintendent Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D.
FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT’S DESK
Building an Unrivaled Learning Community
I am proud to serve as Superintendent in the Oconomowoc Area School District. Oconomowoc is a community that values education and provides incredible support for its schools. We have much to be proud of in Oconomowoc. It is safe to say that last year was unlike any other as we navigated our way through the coronavirus pandemic. I don’t believe any of us knew at the time schools were closed in mid-March that we would not see students in our schools for the remainder of the year. Still, OASD made the very best of the situation, focusing on safety, security, and stability. Within two days of closure, we began implementing our virtual emergency remote learning strategies while at the same time partnering with others to help support our students, families, and staff who were struggling emotionally and economically. While the year did not end as anyone hoped, there were still year-end celebrations across the District that culminated with several days of graduation ceremonies in early August, during which we celebrated the class of 2020.
Now, as we begin the 2020-21 school year, we recognize that we are returning to a different environment than the one we left last March. Throughout the summer months, our planning involved working through multiple return scenarios and the necessary programmatic and professional support required for each. With a phased-in return to start the school year, we continue to focus on safety and security as both students and staff adjust to our new environment. We are prepared with a high degree of mitigation strategies and have built instructional models with a high degree of flexibility that will allow us to move smoothly between them if that becomes necessary.
As we continue our work, we also acknowledge that the pandemic’s residual impact will create shifts in preferences and expectations. These shifts will result in a call for changes to how many organizations, including schools, do business. Just like small and large businesses all over reconsider how they can be viable in a post-pandemic landscape, education is no different. We have an opportunity to accelerate our work to continue our redesign efforts and create new innovative learning opportunities for students. This work is not an overhaul of our recent strategic plan. Our mission and vision remain the same. Our non-negotiables will not change. Our key performance objectives will continue to be measured and reported. However, we will systematically revise our tactical planning structure to allow for a focus on maximizing learning within our current context while at the same time responding to future needs through continued innovation.
It continues to be our vision for the Oconomowoc Area School District to become an unrivaled learning community, seeking wisdom, honoring the past, and shaping the future. We are driven in our work, and we look forward to making continued strides this year to help make that vision a reality for our students and our community.
Roger J. Rindo, Ed.D.
Oconomowoc Area School District