I am honored and excited to join the Bellevue community as the superintendent of the Bellevue School District, and look forward to our first day of school tomorrow. For me, it will be a great opportunity to greet our excited students, see the hard work and preparation of our fabulous teachers, principals, and staff in action, and visit many of our outstanding campuses. I have also encouraged our district staff to visit our school sites in support of our students and school-level staff. As we welcome in the new school year, I hope to meet each and every one of you soon.
Over the past weeks, I have implemented an entry plan that includes meeting with and listening to the many stakeholders in our community. I have learned about our strong legacy as a school district, and the opportunities we have to achieve our fundamental goal – to provide all Bellevue students with an exemplary college preparatory education so they can succeed in college, career, and life. As I stated in a letter to district leaders, recent events in our nation remind me that our work to create an educated, equitable, and inclusive society is never done. All of us, together, must continue to use our hearts and minds as we lead our students and community into a positive and equitable future.
Bellevue is a wonderfully diverse community full of promise and potential. Our district has achieved success on many levels. Bellevue students took 7,932 Advanced Placement (AP) tests this spring and achieved a pass rate of 77 percent. This is the highest pass rate since AP course offerings were expanded to all students in the late 1990s. In July, District Administration magazine named Bellevue Schools a district of distinction for our Social Emotional Learning work. These are just two examples of the continuing success we experience in Bellevue, and I look forward to working together with you to provide even more opportunities for our students.
As a lifelong learner and educator, I know the value of listening and collaborating with the entire Bellevue Family – our students, families, administrators, educators, staff, board members, and community members. Throughout the month of September, I will continue to listen and learn. In October, I will summarize my findings and work with the Bellevue School Board and district staff to develop next steps for our district. If you are interested in learning more about my entry plan and providing feedback, I invite you to visit the district website.
Thank you all for your dedication to our students and our community. Through careful examination and conversation, we will learn what has been effective in the past and what we can do in the future to improve and fulfill our mission. Together, we must do everything possible to ensure that all our students find their own personal success as they prepare for the future.
Dr. Ivan Duran