Rockwood School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles held the third of four informal "Meet Mark" sessions at Marquette High the evening of Monday, Sept. 23.
After Dr. Miles described his family and professional history, discussion topics included snow days, the size of the district and the effect of a recent change in Missouri state law on the school calendar.
"Timing for me is good, in that Rockwood has just deployed a new strategic plan – The Way Forward," Miles told parents in attendance. "I fully support the district's strategic plan, but it was not defined by me. It was defined by the community. I care about the daily experience of our students and their parents. We have a great team here, and I know our children are in good hands. I always try to focus on the joy. We have much to celebrate in Rockwood."
Ben Hobson and his family just moved to Rockwood. They were searching for educational options for his youngest child, who has special needs.
"It says a lot when every one of my child's First Step therapists recommended Rockwood," said Hobson. "I'm glad the district did a lot of due diligence in finding a new superintendent. Dr. Miles shows a lot of care and passion for what he does."
Susan Duever has two children in Rockwood – a ninth-grader at Lafayette and a sixth-grader at Crestview.
"I feel like Dr. Miles is very personable, open and honest," said Duever. "I think he's going to be amazing."
Julie Lohr's children attend Kehrs Mill and Crestview.
"I was very impressed with how much Dr. Miles already knows about Rockwood," said Lohr. "I think he's going to do a great job for us."
The last "Meet Mark" meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Lafayette. The event will be held in the school library at 7 p.m.
The Eureka quadrant "Meet Mark" session took place Sept. 9. The Rockwood Summit session took place Sept. 17.