February 17, 2006
Charlottesville City Schools' new leader, Rosa Atkins, met with school officials for the first time today. The School Board-City Council Luncheon provided Atkins the opportunity to meet city officials, while hearing details about the school division's goals and objectives, including the budget proposal and strategic plan.
"This gives her the opportunity to weigh in on some of the important issues that we're facing right now," said School Board Chair Julie Gronlund.
"It's getting to know people, getting to hear people [and] getting to know what the concerns are," said Atkins.
So far, Atkins has toured city schools and attended her first school board meeting.
Friday she listened to the division's curriculum and instruction goals, as well as a budget update for City Council.
Although her official start date isn't until July, Atkins says she's trying to get a head start, not only by listening and gathering information, but also by establishing relationships.
"The first step in developing a team is to develop a rapport and starting to develop that rapport months ahead of when I actually take the job is going to be critical to our success."
Gronlund believes the success Atkins refers to is already in progress.
"She recognizes that we have an excellent staff [and] an outstanding team, and we're really confident that under her leadership we can pull it all together and bring this division forward," Gronlund explained.
Atkins won't officially start until July, and is finishing her responsibilities as Assistant Superintendent of Caroline County Schools. The State Board of Education officially approved her move from Caroline County to Charlottesville earlier this week.