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Pacific South District - Superintendent Message

Message from the Superintendent

August 13, 2021

Welcome back to school!  We are very excited to open schools for the coming school year.

We know that we have some challenges to address with CoVID-19, be we are confident in the mitigation strategies we have in place.  These strategies were very successful during last school year and with our increased understanding of the virus, we are better able to mitigate the risks.

We are proud to open two new school buildings this year.  Bob Hope Elementary School opens in August 2021.  Then in January 2022, E.C. Killin Elementary School will move into their new facility as we come back to school after the winter break.  We will also be renaming the former Bob Hope Primary School as Ralph F. Stearley Primary School to honor the legacy of General Ralph F. Stearley.

The faculty and staff at all our 13 schools are looking forward to welcoming students into the buildings and providing the best we have to offer to each of our 6,000+ students. 

This school year, the Pacific South District will undergo an external accreditation visit during the fall of 2021.  The accreditation process involves an external team that reviews our processes and procedures in relation to our continuous improvement and attainment of our goals.  Those identified goals for Pacific South District are:

To make effective use of teacher collaboration time.
 To increase the mathematics performance for all our students.
 To improve our content literacy in all curricular areas.
We are going to have a great school year here in Okinawa.

Pacific South
District Superintendent