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Ricky E. Williams
New Mexico School Superintendents’ Association
Hagerman Municipal Schools

I am honored to have been elected by my peers to serve as the President of the New Mexico School Superintendents’ Association for the 2017-2018 school year. As an organization of committed professionals, we will continue to focus on the issues germane to the educational systems throughout the state. With respect for the great job that Dr. Crit Caton, President 2016-2017 and others before him did, I am up for the challenge of serving our association. It is from the aforementioned statement that I will support, develop, and promote the vision of our association as we adjust to the critical educational issues facing our state and Superintendents such as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Knowledge, harmonious, and productive relationships will be the centerpiece of effective advocacy work. Additionally, strong collaborative leadership and partnerships from our association along with New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders, Public Education Department, communities, higher education and legislators will be the driving force in creating a solid infrastructure for a world class educational system pre-k through 16.

Together we will establish and periodically review educational goals and policies for schools and districts consistent with the requirements of law and the standards established by our various Board of Educations. We will also work to ensure that necessary funds are appropriated for districts while assisting our legislators in creating a balance that can be maintained between needs and resources in the distribution of available monies.

In closing, please join me in thanking the citizens of the state of New Mexico for trusting us in advocating on behalf of students, teachers, schools and our communities.  The benefit of advocacy work provides our state legislators, members of congress and other appropriate state and federal officials information on local concerns and issues that pose pervasive and entrenched challenges to teachers, learners, and districts.

Best wishes for a successful school year,

Ricky E. Williams
NMSSA President


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