New school year, new superintendent for Savannah-Chatham County students

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - It's back to school Thursday for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, where there will be a lot of 'firsts' for students, including new teachers, new classes, and a new schedule.

It will also be the first day for new Superintendent Dr. Ann Levett. Wednesday night, she walked us through the steps for a successful school year. Dr. Levett was voted in as superintendent of SCCPSS on May 22. One week later, she was officially sworn in. She told us back then that one of her goals was to get failing schools up to state standards.

"Our attention will be turned to those schools that are struggling," Dr. Levett said.

The night before school beings, that remains her mission.

"Improving student achievement, that is always our goal. Specifically, to accelerate achievement in our schools that have not performed as well," she said.

One big change this year is that all bus routes will be posted online.

"That will be especially helpful to parents. We'll continue notifying them if there are problems with the buses arriving. Transportation, I think this year, will be less of a challenge," said Dr. Levett.

Dr. Levett said as students continue to learn, grow, and change, that's something she wants the school system to do as well.

"We have a lot of dedicated folks in the district who ensure that children are successful," she said.

Some of those dedicated educators will be working inside a brand new school. This year, there are three additions to the list: Haven Elementary, May Howard Elementary, and the School of Humanities at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary. Teachers and staff say they can't wait for the doors to open.

"I'm hoping that enthusiasm for the facility translates into academics and behavior and school culture and all those things, so we can do some great work here," said Dr. Jacob Wilson, Principal, Juliette Gordon Low Elementary.

"We're just not getting a lot of sleep right now because we're all excited because this year is going to be another year of excellence,"

Thursday, Dr. Levett will make her way through the school system, popping into classrooms and welcoming students. See below the message from Dr. Levett that was posted Wednesday night.

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