Superstition has it the No. 13 is an unlucky number, but the first half of the year 2013 has proven to be a fruitful one for the East Providence School System, which despite some serious and impending infrastructural concerns appears to be on the path to a solid recovery.
For the first time in almost two years, the school department has a cohesive leadership team in place led by new Superintendent Kim Mercer. Mrs. Mercer is only a few months on the job, but the staff she is assembling seems quite competent and capable of handling the difficult process of fixing the structural deficiencies of the actual school buildings themselves as well as improving its still lingering curriculum concerns.
The first six months of 2013 have also shown an eager community is willing and able to participate in the process. At the June 11 School Committee, elected officials took note of the contributions from several concerned parents and educators, people who have put the time and energy into making the system better piece by piece.
Those efforts aren’t often seen by the public at large, but schools now have improved instructional capabilities to show for it, teachers have some much needed resources to work with and our students are the better for it.
The unofficial end of every school year comes with commencement ceremonies at high school, where the latest crop of youngsters are cast off to start their journeys as adults. The leaders of the Class of ’13 once again are headed off to some of the best schools in the region if not the country, which should make us all proud.
The goal of every parent, teacher, pupil and resident of the city should be for their school system to perform at the highest level, to produce young men and women capable of leading the next generation. It will make East Providence a better place. All it takes is a willingness to work hard and to put in the time and the effort.
It also doesn’t hurt to have a little luck, a bit of good fortune every now and again, something the city could surely use at this point.