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First 100 Days

My First 100 Days as Superintendent

Matthew Haas
Matthew Haas, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

On July 1, 2018, I officially assumed the role of Superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools. It is an incredible honor to be leading an organization filled with such talented and dedicated professionals, an organization that is accomplishing objectives that few other school divisions in Virginia, or even around the nation, can claim as their own.

My first order of business as Superintendent will be to seek the counsel of our learning community, including our students, parents, employees, and community members. Your input will help me develop a strategic and operational action plan that will guide my priorities in alignment with the school division's strategic plan.

This site serves to share the progress of my first 100 days, which I have organized into three phases: Learn, Clarify, and Report and Affirm.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Phase 1: Learn

In the first weeks of my transition from Deputy Superintendent to Superintendent, my priority is to relearn the school system from a new perspective—that of our students, parents, employees, and community members. During this phase, I will:

  • Observe: I will visit all of our schools during hours of operation; walk each facility with the principal; and assess the space, activity, and engagement of students and staff in alignment with the school division's current strategic plan—our vision, mission, values, goals and priorities.
  • Listen: Throughout July and August, I will host a Listening Tour​ with the goal of hearing from as many students, parents, employees, community members, and business partners as possible, to gain a deeper understanding of your personal perspectives and ambitions as valued members of our diverse community.
  • Review: I will host a review of each department including an evaluation of each department's strategic plan, resource needs, and personnel strengths. My intention is to discover challenges and opportunities.

Phase 2: Clarify

As a means of clarifying what I observed and heard during the learning phase, I will draft a written report and engage in follow-up talks with focus groups. I will conduct a community-wide survey and share feedback with stakeholders. The goal will be to affirm a shared understanding of the needs of our children, families and employees and how well the school division is meeting those needs.

Phase 3: Report & Affirmation

In the final weeks of my 100-day transition plan, I will work with staff to analyze the current state of the school division, with special attention paid to where we are versus where we'd like to be. We will establish targets, measures and strategies for implementation and propose structures to address any gaps.

To mark my 100th day as Superintendent, I will present my action plan to the School Board and the community on November 8, which will enable me to move forward in my role as Superintendent with clear purpose.​​​​​

Listening Tour Survey

I’d like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in one of my 16 Listening Tour sessions or shared insights with me through the Online Feedback Form. Throughout the tour, nearly 400 students, parents, employees, and community members shared their insights.

As I move into the next phase of my first 100 days as Superintendent, I’d like to make sure that my understanding of our needs and how well those needs are being met aligns with the feedback I received through my Listening Tour. I’m also interested to see if that feedback accurately represents the beliefs of our school community as a whole.

Please take a few moments to participate in my Superintendent Listening Tour Survey, which includes the opportunity to review the most common themes from my Listening Tour. Also, know that I will consider all of the feedback received during my Listening Tour, even though many ideas that emerged are not included in this survey.

The Listening Tour Survey closed at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. We received 1,463 responses.

View the survey results »

What I've Heard: A Summary of Listening Tour Feedback

As I progress though my summer Listening Tour, I will archive brief summaries from each meeting, in order to share the feedback I am receiving with our whole learning community. Take a look »

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