A.J. Johnson, superintendent of the Hartington-Newcastle district, attended the annual conference of the Nebraska Association of School Administrators. Johnson says several sessions dealt with rural schools and sharing resources.
“For rural schools to continue to progress forward, we don’t have the sheer personnel that the large schools do and if we’re going to continue to progress, we really have to share with each other and use each other as resources,” Johnson says. “By and large, a lot of schools around the state do that.”
Johnson says administrators were also updated on the state’s ever-evolving achievement standards.
“Once you get everything in place for one set of standards, they come out and they change the standards,” Johnson says. “You’re never quite there. In many ways, that’s a good thing. You’re always striving to get better. It just creates a lot of extra work.”
Johnson says they appreciate that standards are getting steeper, because that will eventually benefit the students.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton