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Superintendent Hosts State of the District


Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley greets guests at the annual State of the District held Monday, Dec. 9, 2020.


The District is making incremental and steady gains in student academic achievement, but there is still much work to do was the message conveyed by Superintendent Sharonica Hardin-Bartley during her annual State of the District address Monday evening, Dec. 9, 2020.

About 100 parents, University City residents and staff attended the public address held at University City High School's Pruitt Library. Dr. Hardin-Bartley spoke for about an hour and then took a half-hour of questions.

In her remarks, she presented a current overview of the District regarding enrollment, District finances and needed capital improvement projects at the high school and middle school. She further addressed the District's strategic priorities and student outcomes in the Annual Performance Review (APR) for 2019. Additional remarks were around areas of success, including the District's ongoing work to create a comprehensive "Portrait of a Graduate," a comprehensive document on the skills and traits the entire University City schools community envisions for its graduating students. 

Dr. Hardin-Bartley also presented intensive approaches taking place in the District to address performance in science, English, language arts, and well-being among students and staff to support better learning. She pointed to a recent article published by the International Institue for Restorative Practices on the District as evidence the mindset of well-being and joy was taking hold in the culture of the District.

A light meal was served during the event. The evening began with welcomes from Nicole Kellogg, the student representative on the University City Board of Education, parent Tameka Cook and Board of Education President Kristine Hendrix.

Please click to see her Powerpoint presentation for the evening.

Nicole  Tameka

Nicole Kellogg (left) and Tameka Cook welcome the audience.