My name is Ryan Delaney, and I will be the new Superintendent of North Baltimore Local School District. I am both humbled and honored to have been selected to serve this community and will work tirelessly to ensure success for all students.
I have been married for 25 years to my wife Debbie and we have two sons. Our oldest son Blake is graduating from Baldwin Wallace University with a degree in education, and our youngest son Drew is attending The Ohio State University and majoring in finance.
As I reflect on this early spring day, I am struck by those individuals who have given all of their hearts to the North Baltimore students and upon whose shoulders we stand. The level of parental support, and involvement is wonderful and extremely important to our mission. I think of teachers who have developed lesson plans to capture the fleeting attention of today's youths while competing with the electronics of social media; a custodian who tended to our facilities so that students can learn in bright, well-cared for spaces, or a retiree who has not had children in school for a long time but who understands the importance of education - all have been pivotal individuals in enhancing the learning and lives of our students.
I also find myself reflecting on all that North Baltimore is and can become. North Baltimore is a school district that is well known for both education excellence and the ability to "make things happen." This tight-knit community has worked hard to examine practices and to implement solutions for today's learner. I am pleased with the administrative and leadership teams that are in place and can feel the energy in the district. Upon first arriving in North Baltimore it was evident this community wraps its arms around each child and works tirelessly to ensure their success and happiness.
Are we there yet? No. However, the future is rich with opportunities and possibilities. In our time together, we will need to wrestle with vitally important issues such as how, as a community, do we address and make certain that every child is safe, supported, engaged, healthy and challenged? How do we make certain we have a smooth K-12 continuum of instruction? How do we align curriculum with Common Core?
In a political climate which is struggling to fund its most important resource, public schools, how do we add value to the conversation, while protecting things that we know work? In an era of unprecedented mandates from federal and state governments, how do we fulfill the promise of public schools that reflect the values and expectations of the local community?
In an era of tight resources, how do we make sure that each of our schools are a state of the art, high quality learning environment with appropriate technology and resources to prepare our students for an increasingly high-performance, high-tech world? This is just the beginning of the work ahead of us. I am an extreme optimist who knows by locking arms with one another and with an unrelenting focus on the success of each child, we can do this vitally important work.
Each and every North Baltimore student is depending on us. We must always remember that even on our worst days when nothing seems to be going right, we are each some child's best hope for the day.
I look forward to meeting each of you personally or at community events. Please fell free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have or to just chat about what is on your mind...the coffee pot is always on. Thank you in advance for joining me on this journey.
Note - a previous NBX article about Ryan Delaney: http://nbnewsxpress.com/viewnews.php?newsid=6603&id=135