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MCSD superintendent talks goals for new school year

Updated: Sep. 6, 2018 at 6:38 PM EDT
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(WTVM) - As students, faculty, and staff settle in for the new school year,  the Muscogee County School District's superintendent,  Dr. David Lewis, is heading into his sixth year with the district.

"We're never satisfied. We've got a lot of work to do," says Lewis.

For Lewis, he says each year is another opportunity for the district to grow and thrive; reaching and surpassing goals. He says the district is always working to be better than the year before.

"We have to be aware and a tuned to the needs in the community," says Lewis.

Lewis says that starts from the bottom (pre-kindergarten) and works its way up.

"We have to think about education from the time children are born, all the way into the time the enter our school district," says Lewis.

Lewis says childhood education is the vital building block which often times is missing in so many students.

"Despite the fact that many of our schools are achieving a year's worth of expected growth, and in many cases more than a year's worth of expected growth, many of our children are coming in less prepared at greater deficits than we've ever seen. So, we have to do more to address that," says Lewis.

With 996 students in the district enrolled in pre-k, Lewis says the district had to expand to compensate more students.

"We are really focusing this year on providing more opportunities for childhood education. To that end and have expanded our locations from nine to fifteen sites and for the first time in many years, perhaps ever, utilized all the spots for pre-k," says Lewis.

"We've been really focusing on trying to encourage our students and teachers to expose students to higher level, more rigorous coursework."

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