JOHN S. AITKEN, SUPERINTENDENT COLLIERVILLE SCHOOLS
It is difficult to believe that we are starting our third year as Collierville Schools. We are proud of all that has been accomplished over the last two years in our district, and we are so thankful for all the support shown by our parents, community members, and Town of Collierville officials. We are blessed to have an exceptional Board of Education whose members epitomize commitment and dedication. Our community is an exceptional community, and the amenities we sometime take for granted are envied by those across the state and region. I am proud to be the leader of such a great school district, but also a resident of this wonderful Town.
Our school district continues to grow, and it is exciting to see the buzz in the community as we continue to plan to best serve our students. Work is progressing nicely on our new high school facility, and we are moving quickly to its opening in August 2018. If you haven't yet had the chance to visit the location, take a drive to the corner of Sycamore Drive and Shelby Drive and take in the 158-acre site, We will continue to post monthly progress photos of the school site, and it will be interesting to watch the construction unfold over the next two years.
We are also pleased with the decreased emphasis on assessments as a result of actions taken by our state officials. The recent changes in policies reduce both testing time per test per student and the number of days involved in the testing window. After all of the challenges we all have encountered over the last couple of years in this area, it will be refreshing to have a year where more attention can be paid to regular instruction and school day activities.