January 29, 2020
Yesterday, we had a very favorable outcome at our meeting with the School Budget Review Committee. It was a momentous day for the Davenport Community School District, but it was a greater day for the students of the Davenport Community School District.
The School Budget Review Committee (SBRC) voted to forgive more than $9 million in previous District overspending, and allow the District to move forward in a financial way that provides for our students.
I want to thank all of the staff who put together the proposal, and the School Board for their support.
I also want to thank the SBRC, as they had a complex and a difficult decision to make. I believe the SBRC made their decision yesterday based on the fact that they want to do what is best for the students within our District.
On behalf of the DCSD, as well as our entire community, we owe gratitude to the SBRC for their willingness to allow us to get on our feet financially as a school system, focus on educational outcomes for our students, and move forward with speed.
We’re very excited about the opportunity to educate our students so that we meet and exceed the expectations of our entire community.
The opportunity that was presented to us, also brings with it a great deal of responsibility.
Our responsibility as a District is to take this opportunity and not squander it.
We have to make sure the opportunity in front of us directly impacts student learning, and sets an example for other school districts across the state.
There’s a great responsibility that we do this right and we take this opportunity to get our financial house in order, forever, and show the rest of the state that Davenport knows what we are doing.
We are very excited about the future of the Davenport Community School District. We are Growing Excellence, and as a result of yesterday’s meeting we have an opportunity to accelerate that process.
While we couldn’t be more pleased, we’re not celebratory in the sense that we have a lot of work to do. We know that finance is one of the issues the district has had to deal with over the course of the past few years, but again, our focus is on student achievement, student learning outcomes, and the social and behavioral health of our students.
By no means is our work done. We are optimistic that our financial landscape will be much more manageable, and we have an opportunity to accelerate the programing we have for our students.
We have a very supportive School Board, and it is comforting to me to know we have a group of teachers, staff and administrators that are not only committed to the District, but the success of our students. That is a foundational stone we can rely on to move forward as a district.
In the Davenport Community School District, all arrows are pointing up. Yesterday was good news for us, but it’s news we have to build upon and quickly move forward with all that we still need to do as a District to meet the community’s expectations.
October 30, 2019
This coming Tuesday, November 5, 2019 is your opportunity to have your voice heard in the Davenport General Election.
While your vote decides the outcome of Mayoral and City Council races, it also solidifies the members of our community who will be seated on the next Davenport Community Schools Board.
The Davenport School Board provides leadership and direction to improve the overall learning environment in our classrooms, schools and district, and directs and supports actions, programs, and activities which reduce the impacts of poverty on our students, their families, and our community.
If you’re still unsure of who will receive your vote, please utilize the Candidate Forum resources available through KWQC to learn about each candidate’s position on a variety of issues that will affect the Davenport Community School District and our students in the coming months and years.
Those selected to our next Davenport School Board must be willing to roll up their sleeves and work as a team to bridge challenges with ideas and solutions that will benefit our students, schools and community.
I encourage everyone to exercise their civic right to vote this coming Tuesday, November 5, including many of our Senior students who will be voting for the first time.
Vote for the future of Davenport, for our schools, and for our children.
Welcome back students, staff and parents.
Summer is quickly coming to a close and anticipation is high for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. The new academic year promises to be an exciting one for all of us. You will notice a number of enhancements and upgrades to our school facilities as well as changes in staff. We have hired new employees, others have taken on new positions and responsibilities and still others have moved on to new adventures.
From the moment of my official appointment as Davenport’s superintendent, I have received nothing but kindness, support and encouragement from all corners of this great community. I’ve challenged the DCSD staff with the following: Let’s rekindle the same measure of kindness, warmth, support and encouragement to one another that’s been shown to me. Be wise and compassionate leaders to your colleagues, neighbors, and especially to our students who look to us for guidance, inspiration. Mutual respect and teamwork serve to bind our great learning community and these attributes are among the most important values that all of us will ever learn from one another. Thank you in advance for all of your efforts and enjoy the rest of your summer.
Robert Kobylski, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools