Monday, August 26, 2002

Lebanon superintendent clicks with parents




By Gina Buccino
Enquirer contributor

        LEBANON - Lebanon Schools Superintendent Bill Sears began the new school year this month focused on two projects he began last year: improving communication with parents, students and the community, and increasing academic quality.

        Mr. Sears began e-mailing updates to parents last May as a way of providing information quickly.

        He was sending an e-mail newsletter about every two weeks before summer break.

        “I can share information with everyone at any time and not have to worry about getting it ready for print,” says Mr. Sears. He added that it also helps save on postage.

        Parents can e-mail questions to him at LESU@JSswoca.net.

        The 53-year-old educator also is focusing on the quality of facilities and the state's school district report card.

        He added that teachers make a commitment to become better by attending seminars and developing new methods that teach students how to read.

        An educator for 32 years, Mr. Sears stays active in a teaching role, too.

        Once a week, he is an adjunct professor at Xavier University, where he teaches educational administration.

        His other experience includes teaching mathematics at Sycamore High School and serving as assistant principal and principal at Sycamore Junior High and assistant principal at Sycamore High School.

        His wife, Becky, teaches in the Lakota School District. They have two sons and a daughter.

        “I've been fortunate that I have been in positions that I enjoy,” says Mr. Sears.

        “You find a job where you are happy.”

       



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