William Wright, superintendent of McCormick County School District, envisions the district as a cohesive body working to achieve student growth in the new year.
The district, known in the past for divisions within its board of trustees and between administration and teachers, hopes to make strides in unity this year.
Wright said the recent unanimous approval of his goals for the district at the Dec. 9 board meeting already demonstrates progress in securing that unity.
Wright has faith the different entities in the district can shake off past tensions and become a cooperative team.
"I believe that we're better than we've behaved ourselves in the past few years," Wright said.
But Wright conceded the road to cohesion might, at times, be rocky.
"We're not a district without issues and challenges," Wright said.
"The biggest thing that we have ahead of us now is to believe in ourselves. That we can actually achieve these goals of improvement," Wright said.
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