A district superintendent shares advice and insight for other district leaders hoping to make a strong start in the fall post-pandemic.

Making a post-pandemic promise


A district superintendent shares advice and insight for other district leaders hoping to make a strong start in the fall

Vicksburg Warren School District (VWSD) Superintendent Chad Shealy is irrepressible. Whether you are talking about COVID response, CTE strategies, or curriculum content, Chad not only makes you feel happy you asked, but even happier with his answers.

VWSD serves all of Warren County, Mississippi, and has an enrollment of approximately 7,200 students in grades Pre-K through 12. VWSD consists of three high schools (grades 9-12), three middle schools (grades 7-8), 10 elementary schools, and an alternative program.

In this conversation with eSchool News, he provides insights for any district administrator looking to thrive next fall.

The following has been edited for clarity.

eSN: We’re certainly sick of asking about it, but there really isn’t a choice. How has your experience been in dealing with pandemic learning in your district?

CS: It’s kind of hard not to talk about COVID because it’s the thing that is connected to everything we’ve had to deal with over the last few years. Luckily, our district, a few years back, made the decision that we would move to a different type of platform in delivering student information and lessons. So we began with infrastructure upgrades and a lot of research into types of devices. We landed on Chromebooks and the Google platform.

Kevin Hogan

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