The Huntington School District is maintaining a steadfast focus on its mission, as teachers and students kicked off the 2017/18 school year in fine fashion. The official mission statement was adopted more than two decades ago during Superintendent Richard B. Stock’s tenure, but school officials say it remains just as relevant today as it was then.
The district’s mission, which was reviewed by teachers on Tuesday, September 5 before students began classes the following day, results in all employees working toward the same goals. New teachers in the district studied and discussed the mission statement during the group’s orientation program in late August. The statement is reproduced each year on the inside cover of the school district calendar and guide, which is mailed to all residents.
“While our goals and priorities must be re-evaluated annually for a host of reasons, I applaud the Board and administration from decades back for constructing a mission statement clearly designed to withstand the test of time and change,” Huntington Superintendent James W. Polansky said. “It is a statement that all in Huntington should recognize and in which all should take great pride.”
The mission statement reads: “Recognizing the strengths of our district’s traditions, its history of community support, the diversity of our population and our commitment to educational excellence, the mission of the Huntington Union Free School District is to educate students by effectively teaching an enriched body of knowledge through the active participation of all students, building upon their unique talents and abilities to produce creative, self-assured, responsible citizens who are capable of critical thought and action.”