This is how we do it!

August was a busy month! Weeks before the start of this school year, there was a beehive-like level of activity around Volusia County Schools. I saw groups of excited and dedicated professionals busily preparing classrooms and finalizing details for numerous programs. We also welcomed our new, visionary superintendent, Dr. Carmen Balgobin.

Dr. Balgobin, or Dr. B. as she is affectionately called, is a consummate educator. She believes every child can reach their highest potential with the proper support. This means having quality teachers, a challenging curriculum, first-rate facilities, and all the other components necessary to adequately address all students’ needs.

Volusia’s new superintendent understands the challenges ahead. Still, Dr. Balgobin is determined and trusts that a quality education can be accomplished with the right kind of leadership. She, however, recognizes that it takes the commitment of all. District leaders, administrators, teachers, support staff, and, most importantly, parents and partnerships with community members are crucial to making this happen for our children.

I accompanied Dr. Balgobin on several beginning-of-the-school year events. And I must honestly say it had been a while since I saw so many parents, staff, and community members enthusiastic about the changes they were witnessing.

Our new, state-of-the-art Deltona Middle School opened. Beachside Elementary School is scheduled for students after the winter break. The slab has been poured for a new facility at Atlantic High School, where eventually, it will house Atlantic’s new automotive program. We’ve launched a Dual Language program at Spirit Elementary on the county’s west side and at Holly Hill K-8 on the east side. And finally, School Way Café will feed all students the whole school year free of charge.

This promises to be a very active and exciting school year! As School Board chair, it’s wonderful seeing our students and communities receiving the quality education they deserve. I look forward to serving Volusia County’s students and families for another four years and anticipate many more positive changes in our district’s future.

Ruben Colón
VCS Chair