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New superintendent visits South Bend schools on first day of classes

Wednesday was South Bend Community School Corporation’s first day of school.

New superintendent Dr. Kenneth Spells, the new superintendent, visited 15 schools in the district.  

“It’s students’ first day back. They’re very excited and ready to get to work. So there’s nothing like today,” Spells said.

The superintendent is new to South Bend.

Last year he headed a district in Illinois.

“I’ve been battle tested,” Spells said.

He’s still got his work cut out for him.

SBCSC schools have a history of losing students to other districts, and parents have given him plenty of suggestions already.

“I’m listening. I’m listening to the parents and the community,” Spells said.

He’s heard from parents, and says he believes that student success has to come first.

“I’m looking forward to getting out to the high schools and really talking to the students, because I think they need to be part of the process,” Spells said.

Before making major changes, the superintendent says he also needs to raise awareness of the strengths the district already has, to market the district.

“We have an amazing staff. We have amazing principals,” Spells said.

Spells is continuing his listening tours, meeting with the community.

Upcoming dates are:

Thursday, August 24 at Jackson Intermediate Center

Thursday, September 8 at Clay High School

Thursday, September 22 at McKinley Primary Center

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