The recent Chamber of Commerce breakfast, held on Thursday, August 21 at the Centre on Main, was sponsored by the Grayson County Board of Education.
Superintendent Barry Anderson gave the crowd an update on the start of the 2014-15 school year, explaining that educators were pleased to see a good turnout on the first day of school, with 4,157 students in attendance. That number is up 28 from last year’s first-day attendance.
Anderson said that like the many business community members present at the breakfast, the school system is “trying to focus on our ‘customers’ and trying to put out a good product.”
Those customers, he said, are the students, and the product is well-educated and college-or-career-ready graduates.
One way Grayson County School system employees are striving to achieve that goal is by funding extra-curricular and co-curricular activities to the tune of $686,000 per year.
“It’s a great investment,” Anderson said, adding that the system also invests in pre-school programs “above what the state gives us.”
Anderson said that pre-school is an important foundation for kids, and our local school system offers four days per week of in-class instruction for pre-school aged children as well as one day per week of home visits from teachers.
Anderson went on to say that the goal here locally and across the state is to prepare children for the next phase of life, whether that is a career or college.
“We don’t need every kid to go to college,” he said, explaining that their recent initiatives have helped both students and school staffers learn more about the local manufacturing community and the types of local jobs available for graduates.
“Our manufacturing community is stepping up and helping us so much,” he said.