Video: Saint Paul Goes Back to School 2017-18

  • A welcome back to school message from Superintendent Joe Gothard:

    I am honored to welcome you to the 2017-18 school year, even as you welcome me as the new Superintendent of Saint Paul Public Schools.

    Each school year brings opportunities for new beginnings, new opportunities and new relationships. This year is no different.

    While out during my "Listen and Learn" tour around the city over the past several weeks I've been pleased to hear about what's working in our schools. I'm also learning about opportunities for growth and change.

    Here's what I know: each of us has the capacity to be a leader. In the year ahead, I call on you to consider the ways you lead in your work. Be proud of that -- and be proud of your colleagues too. Tell them when you see them doing good work. Celebrate your successes together. Lift each other up.

    SPPS excels in many areas. While we are people of all ages, races and backgrounds, we can unite in the belief that what we do here, this year, will help our students make the world a better place.