Superintendent Holds Progress Press Conference

By Jonathan Cooper |

Published 11/14 2013 06:30PM

Updated 11/14 2013 09:18PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) St. Joseph School District Superintendent Fred Czerwonka held a press conference to update the community on the district's goals.

Czerwonka has now been in office for more than 100 days, which is a landmark in his three phase job-entry plan.

He was hired after several long time leaders left the district. Tension between the board and administration was an issue before Czerwonka was hired. That was addressed in the meeting.

Czerwonka said he and the board are working well together.

Czerwonka is transitioning into the second phase of his three phase plan.

"It's very important to get the landscape and the pulse of our community to understand what they want to see from our kids going forward," Czerwonka said.

The idea behind the plan is for Czerwonka to transition into the role and determine needs going forward.

He has started this by meeting with the public in open forums.

"The community will really tell us what kind of schools they want to have," Czerwonka said.

PTA member Lori Prussman is impressed with the job Czerwonka is doing.

"I think his heart is in the right place and I think that ego is not an issue," Prussman said. "I really think that he wants to do what is best for kids."

Czerwonka's goal for the district is to gain premier status and have their students exceed the state average in test scores.

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