|Photo by Kevin Green, LNJ|
Every August before the start of the school year, PTISD Superintendent TJ Farler addresses district team members to review the district's goals and priorities.
On Wednesday, August 21st, over 650 employees gathered to hear from the district leadership and review the successes of the previous year.
Board President Charlie Peck told hundreds of educators gathered for the district’s annual convocation that trustees are committed to joining forces with the greater Longview community to establish coalitions of support on behalf of students. He announced intentions to go above and beyond in helping meet not only students’ educational needs but their physical needs as well. “For example, we plan to host a joint meeting with Longview ISD to address the problem of poverty,” Peck said.
Superintendent Dr. T. J. Farler presented videos from the past school year showing students engaged in learning, community service, and interacting with technology in the classroom.
“We need to be in charge of change, if we aren’t someone else is going to take charge and do it for us,” she said. “We must direct the change for our students.”
Changes in the district include a full-time music teacher a the primary school, and elementary and middle school students able to take both art and music, instead of choosing one, Farler said, and new security entrances are also in place at each campus and the opening of the new stadium.