He flew in from San Diego yesterday, stopped by Frenchy’s to try the chicken he’d been told about and managed to sleep just a few hours before his first day on the job. After being introduced to the media and district employees, Grier talked about some of the goals he’s set as new superintendent.
“We want to really make sure that every child in our school district achieves to their absolute maximum. But we need to push each other and we need to push them, and we need to engage the community and work with out parents.”
Grier is originally from North Carolina. He says he’s used to being in the heat, but its it’s a different kind of heat he’ll face if he’s unsuccessful at improving Houston schools. Grier says one of the things he’ll focus on is parental involvement.
“We want to reach out to all the parents in our school district and try to find out how to engage parents that traditionally have, for whatever reason, been excluded from the educational process here in our community — and I think that’s very important.”
Grier just started and he’s already working the weekend. Saturday, he’ll join other staff and volunteers going door to door in the districts annual reach out to dropouts walk.
Bill Stamps. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.