Superintendent creates new avenue to reach community

By Wesley LeBlanc
Posted 11/7/18

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – School Superintendent Addison Davis is coming to a screen near you along with education specialists, teachers, students and more.

Davis’ new initiative “Community …

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Superintendent creates new avenue to reach community

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – School Superintendent Addison Davis is coming to a screen near you along with education specialists, teachers, students and more.

Davis’ new initiative “Community Connections” can be viewed from the District’s YouTube Channel from any web browser or video streaming service. In the series, Davis will focus on one aspect of the school district, such as anti-bullying efforts during Bullying Prevention Month.

With one episode currently available for viewing, Davis said he is excited for what these community connections can do for the school district.

“I wanted to make certain that when we talk about stakeholders understanding our way of work and what we are trying to accomplish, we have as many avenues as possible for people to connect and that’s what this is all about,” Davis said. “It’s about connecting with community members and giving them an inside and deeper look at what it is exactly that we do.”

The first episode, which was released Oct. 23 on the district’s YouTube page, features Davis and Assistant Superintendent of Climate and Culture Michael McAuley discussing bullying for roughly 18 minutes. Together, they explain why it happens, how it happens, what it can do to a student and what the school district is doing to bring it to an end.

“At the end of the day, bullying is all about intentionally causing harm or wanting to cause harm to someone else, whether emotionally, physically or something else,” McAuley said. “I appreciate the fact that we [Clay County School District] talk about it in terms of zero tolerance because it should not be tolerated ever.”

Zero tolerance means that there is no threshold for bullying in Clay County schools – if students bully someone, there will always be consequences.

Davis said the plan is to air one video a month, but that already, he has months lined up with more than one video release. And, just like the first video, there will always be an authoritative source of information to complement Davis in the videos. For example, one month might focus on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. For that video, a student council member would join Davis and have a discusion. A video about teacher needs might feature a teacher and so on.

“We will not only see senior staff in these, but principals, teachers, staff, school-based leaders, students and more,” Davis said.

According to Davis, the first Community Connections installment received nothing but positive feedback from viewers.

“One email was sent that said it’s the most authentic and genuine conversation I’ve had in my two years,” Davis said. “I have leaders and community members thankful for defining certain elements of education and heightening their awareness within our district. It’s all been positive, and we can’t wait for the next one to come out.”

Davis said the Student Advisory Council and other initiatives he’s brought to the school district during his tenure, Community Connections serves to improve the school district, and as a result, the community.

“The more we can get people on the same stage, the better we can become in understanding how we can move from where we are now [eighth in the state] and into the Top 5,” Davis said. “That’s what this is all about.”

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