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Greetings TSB Families,

I cannot believe we have reached the end of the school year.  This year has literally flown by. As I reflect on all that has been accomplished, I find myself truly humbled by the support I have received in my first year as Superintendent. I learned very quickly that TSB truly has a family like environment that is student focused. It is hard not to be focused on our students as they are some of the best young

people I have ever had the opportunity to work with.  
Working together, I believe we have made significant strides in developing a climate and culture at TSB that values inclusion of ideas from its stakeholders. Working with parents, community members, and faculty and staff, the school has increased the ability for everyone to have a voice in the process. Our work in this area is not done. We will continue to work to ensure voices from our stakeholders are included in the decision-making process.  We hope to provide more “virtual” opportunities for our parents who live far from the school to receive information and participate in meetings. We want to continue to increase communications so that everyone with a vested interest is up-to-date with what is going on at TSB. I encourage you to reach out to me or any member of the leadership team if you have ideas on how we can make this happen.  
We have made significant improvements to our campus and continue to work through challenges to create an environment that is clean, inviting, and conducive to learning.  Working to maximize our resources, I allocated over $200,000 in cottage renovations, outdoor lighting fixes and upgrades, and IT infrastructure. We also reallocated custodial resources and through their hard work, our school is cleaner than it has been in years. Our maintenance department is continuing to be proactive and address issues as they arise.  With an aging facility, this is a constant battle that is being fought by a very dedicated staff. We have also completed several safety and security evaluations and working with our internal team and external partners within the state, we are updating procedures and infrastructure to make our school safer.  
The school continues to receive tremendous support from our community partners. Our work-based learning program has grown by leaps and bounds because of the support from local businesses. The Friends of the Tennessee School for the Blind continues to support opportunities for students both in class and around campus. We are thankful for our long partnership with the Lions Clubs of Tennessee and the support they provide our school. These, along with countless other organizations and individuals, make it possible to do great things for students.  
Finally, I want to take a moment to thank the entire faculty and staff here at TSB for making this year successful. I have never had the opportunity to work with a staff that is so dedicated to the well-being and education of students. Every person on the campus plays a part in the education of blind and visually impaired students from across the state, whether they attend school here or we serve them in their home district. I was overwhelmed by the number of moving pieces that allow this school to operate. Our staff can make it look effortless, but I assure you, each works hard to ensure our students have what they need to be successful. This dedication, paired with outstanding support from families and community, ensures we have a recipe for the success of our students.  
Thank you all again for a fantastic first year.  I can’t wait to start my second!
 

David Martin

Dr. David Martin, Ed.D.

Superintendent, TSB