GCS Superintendent Launches Listening and Learning Tour

Website and sessions provide portals for community input.


GCS Superintendent Sharon Contreras plans to visit all 127 schools in her first 100 days.

Image courtesy of Guilford County Schools.

Guilford County Schools’ (GCS) Superintendent Sharon Contreras is reaching out to the community and asking for input on how she can help GCS soar to greatness. She is focusing on five key areas of interest before developing a strategic plan for GCS’ future. The areas of focus are:

  • Governance and the Board of Education 
  • Organizational Capacity and Alignment
  • Student Achievement
  • Community and Public Relations 
  • Operations and Finance

“In each of these areas we have strengths as well as opportunities to grow,” says Contreras. “I learned a long time ago that leaders need to listen and learn first, in order to ensure improved outcomes for our students. That is my plan for my first 100 days, and I Iook forward to hearing what this community has to say.”

The superintendent’s Listen and Learn website is home base for the effort, providing opportunities to connect to the superintendent online, access to an online survey, information on how to host backyard chats and a schedule of events where students, staff, families and community members will have an opportunity to speak with the superintendent directly.

Some of those events will include Listen and Learn sessions hosted by members of the school board. The sessions will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

Sept. 20 at Dudley High,1200 Lincoln Street, Greensboro
Sept. 21 at Foust Elementary, 2610 Floyd Street, Greensboro
Oct. 3 at Ragsdale High, 1000 Lucy Ragsdale Drive, Jamestown
Oct. 5 at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts, 825 Washington Street, High Point
Oct. 10 at Colfax Elementary, 9112 West Market Street, Colfax
Oct. 17 at Grimsley High, 801 Westover Terrace, Greensboro
Oct. 19 at Northeast High, 6700 McLeansville Road, McLeansville
Oct. 25 at Andrews High, 1920 McGuinn Drive, High Point
Oct. 26 at Northern High, 7101 Spencer Dixon Road, Greensboro
Nov. 1 at Southern High, 5700 Drake Road, Greensboro

Contreras has already met with several community organizations and visited approximately 25 of GCS’ schools with the intention of visiting all 127 in her first 100 days.

The community can also stay updated on the tour’s progress through the Listening and Learning website and by following GCS on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube through #GCSSoartoGreatness.

About Guilford County Schools

Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, serves nearly 72,000 K-12 students at 127 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works alongside local parents, businesses and colleges to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. Guilford County is also a Say Yes to Education community, giving eligible GCS graduates the opportunity to apply for last-dollar tuition scholarships to attend any 2- or 4-year public institution in North Carolina. Combining choices to meet the individual educational needs for a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities makes our families say, “GCS, Yes!” For more information, visit the district’s website at gcsnc.com.

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