So much for my New Year's resolution to be a better, or at least more regular blogger. My latest adventure into the charter school world has monopolized my world as of late. Moving forward, I pledge to try to do a better job of documenting, through my blog, our school's journey in our first year.
As an life-long educator, opening a Charter School is a dream come true, it's just that you never get to sleep in order to enjoy the dream. Having spent all of my career in large public school systems, I have also had at my disposal an equally large network of support personnel to handle the A to Z of school operations. Got an issue? Pick up the phone and call one of the offices. Pick up the phone now? I reach my own voice mail. In the past two weeks I've learned more about accounting, budgeting, finances, payroll, purchasing, custodial, infrastructure, compliance, ADA, benefits, human resources, and the list goes on and on. I am a shining example of an old dog being able to learn new tricks. While at the time I was not so thrilled to be learning all of these new things, as the School Leader, I have a much better handle on the big picture, all of those things that have to be in place so that when those little guys show up on the first day of school, nothing gets in the way of them having a stellar school experience.
As building upgrades are being completed, infrastructure is being installed and classroom furniture, technology and materials are being delivered, I am now more focused on the teaching and learning aspects of what will make our school so special for our boys and girls. The vision, so artfully developed and articulated by our Charter Committee, is becoming a reality right before my eyes. Stay tuned for additional posts chronicling the experience of building a charter school from the ground up. In about a month, the kids will be arriving at Carolina Voyager Charter School and we'll be ready for the adventure of a lifetime.