Superintendent’s Message

Superintendent’s Message-Dr. Piraino
Posted on 08/15/2013
Superintendent’s Messagee-Dr. Piraino

Introduction

I am honored to introduce myself as your new Superintendent of Schools.  It is a privilege to lead a school district that has celebrated so many notable accomplishments. Those achievements include consistently ranking among the top 10 school districts in the Pittsburgh Business Times, attaining strong student performance on state assessments, and receiving various other state and national academic accolades.  In addition to our academic excellence, FR is also known for our students’ achievements in the performing arts, as well as the many Sectional, WPIAL, and PIAA championships won by our student-athletes.

Franklin Regional has the reputation as a premier school system in our region and across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Our laudable accomplishments are many and a direct result of the collective efforts, high expectations, and devotion of our greatest asset: PEOPLE.  Franklin Regional’s tradition of excellence has been shaped by committed students, teachers, and administrators, engaged families, a forward-thinking Board of Directors, and a supportive community.  On behalf of our students and staff, thank you for your continuous support of the Franklin Regional School District.

First Impressions

The idea that people are our greatest asset was validated by Miss Felicia Batrack, a student reporter from our high school newspaper, The Panther. At the conclusion of an interview on the evening that I was officially hired, I utilized this opportunity to ask Felicia a question of my own, “What makes you proud to be a student in the Franklin Regional School District?”

Felicia spoke of being part of a school system where excellence was the expectation for all students.  She emphasized that this standard of excellence applied to academics, as well as the arts and athletics.  In addition, Felicia also talked about a very respectful school community where there is a strong sense of caring between the students and staff members.

Since posing similar versions of this question to various stakeholders, I have found that most responses are similar to the one provided by Felicia.  As I listen to these responses, I draw a strong connection with the Mission of the Franklin Regional School District: “We, the Franklin Regional School Community, strive for excellence, learning, achievement, and citizenship in all we do.”

 A Vision of Excellence

The process of developing a shared vision calls upon stakeholders to look into the future and determine experiences that will enable our graduates to succeed in a global society.  To prepare our students for a competitive world, we must integrate collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, adaptability, and technology into every facet of our educational program.

In order to move from vision to reality, the administrative team has been examining many of our current practices to determine alignment with our shared vision. Based upon this analysis, we will set challenging goals, create realistic action plans, engage in supportive practices, and establish traditions that exemplify our vision. Though this process may be a daunting challenge, the resulting systemic advancements will positively affect the future achievements of our students.

A change in leadership can offer unique and exciting opportunities for any organization.  Over several months, I will implement an Entry Plan designed to assist me in building relationships with the internal and external stakeholders of the Franklin Regional School District.  Additionally, this personalized process will enable me to utilize an interview format to collect information about the district’s history, traditions, culture, strengths, challenges, and potential opportunities.  These discussions will provide me with support during my transition and our leadership team with critical information as we collectively strive to provide our students with a world-class education.

Finally, through our collective commitments and collaborative efforts, Franklin Regional will enter into a new era of exemplary student achievement characterized by rigorous and relevant educational experiences.  I am proud of the work that we have done thus far and optimistic about the journey that lies ahead.

Dr. Piraino