Superintendent's Message

Dr. Gaddis Photo
 
Dear students, teachers, staff, parents and community:
 
It is a great honor to serve as your Superintendent of Schools. Over the last nine years I have enjoyed working with staff, parents, school groups and community organizations as we strive to make Somerset County Public Schools one of the top performing school systems in the state of Maryland.
 
It seems just like yesterday we started the new school year. Now, as the spring breeze is just around the corner, we find ourselves making summer plans for professional development, summer school, finalizing summer cleaning schedules and making preparations for the 2022 - 2023 school year.
 
As a system we remain committed to providing students with an educational program that meets their individual needs while at the same time challenging and stretching their limits intellectually. We are currently building our FY2023 budget to meet the financial contributions made by our local, state and federal legislators. Academically we are preparing for the MCAP Assessments and beginning the scheduling process for next year to make sure each of our students have a school schedule that is rigorous and meets their needs. We want all students to be college and career ready. By expecting continuous improvement we will reach our goals.
 
During the last two years we have faced unbelievable circumstances and dealt with a variety of situations based on the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a challenge and very difficult for everyone. From wearing masks, socially distancing and on-line learning, we have created and adjusted plans to meet the needs of our system and our students. I want to thank everyone for their patience and their flexibility as we have moved through these challenging times. Hopefully we are on the downside of the pandemic and will see a return to some type of normalcy, whether new or old, in the near future.
 
Our goal continues to remain the same and we are focused on providing the best education for the students of our communities! “Success Nothing Less” is alive and well in Somerset County!!!
 
I wish all of our staff, students and parents a safe and productive spring season!
 
Fondly,
John B. Gaddis, Ed. D.