Greetings Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members:
It is with extreme gratitude that I give thanks to Superintendent Rudy Falana and the Burke County Board of education for providing me with the opportunity to serve as the new Principal of Burke County High School. Words cannot describe how grateful I am to serve as Principal in this great community- the place I call, “HOME”! I promise to lead with dignity and respect not only for the students and staff of Burke County High School, but also for this entire community. It is with enormous pride that I accept the responsibility of leading Burke County High School to a “First-Class” organization. My commitment to you is to ensure that we, at BCHS, educate all students with a quality education while maintaining high expectations that lead to post-secondary success.
I would like to take this opportunity to provide all stakeholders with an overview of my diverse background which has prepared me for this position. Most recently, I served as a Central Office Director of Human Capital Allotments, Finance, Budgets, and Scheduling for 138 schools within the DeKalb County School District located in Stone Mountain, Georgia. During my tenure there, DeKalb County Schools moved from a $20 million dollar deficit to a $124 million dollar surplus while at the same time increasing instructional and support staff in all areas, as well as lowered class sizes. I am entering my twentieth year in education. My career includes nineteen years as an educator in the following areas: Elementary, Middle and High School Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Assistant Coach, Head Coach, Middle School Assistant Principal, High School Assistant Principal, Curriculum Director, Director of Athletics, High School Principal and Central Office Administrator. I believe that my past experiences have afforded me the opportunity to have a wealth of knowledge in the areas of Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Learning, Data Analysis, Organization Development, Athletics, Strategic Planning, Scheduling, Allotments, Budgets, Staffing, Finance, Federal Programs, SACS Accreditation, FTE/Student Record, and School Improvement.
My vision is to effectively collaborate with all stakeholders to build a “First-Class” organization that is second to none. We want our students to maximize their potential so that when they graduate from BCHS, they are college and career ready. Burke County High School will be a place that is inviting, safe, orderly, nurturing and instructionally sound, not from “bell to bell”, but from “bus to bus”. Our school should be built on a strong foundation that is supported by high expectations for everyone. As Principal, it is my hope that all stakeholder (students, parents, faculty and staff, community members, central office staff and board members) will join me in establishing and rebranding “THE” (Think Higher Expectations) Burke County High School, with a sense of urgency, pride and purpose, as a “First-Class” school- where there is “Victory in Every Classroom”.
I hope that everyone is enjoying the final weeks of summer break and that it was a safe and fun time for all. I would like to take this time to welcome the students, parents, and staff members back to school starting August 3, 2016. The beginning of a new school year is a time of excitement and a time of challenge. We are extremely excited about the progress that was made during the previous year as BCHS improved the graduation rate. This was a great accomplishment that should be shared by everyone. We are even more excited about the great challenge of improving the academic achievement in all subject area, which has to be and will be the main focus. This is a challenge that all stakeholders should take a vested interest in. We must be All In to be First Class to achieve Victory in Every Classroom at “THE” Burke County High School.
Teaching the youth of our community is one of the greatest opportunities that could be given to a group of educators. Education takes everyone working together. Former President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy said, "Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation." The Burke County High School staff looks forward to working with the parents and community to provide a year of educational opportunities and a quality education for the youth of Burke County. This type of “First Class” education enables each student to have the courage and academic understanding to reach for any goal and overcome any challenge. Developing courage and backing it with hard work will help allow each student to have the confidence in their abilities. It takes a sincere belief in being All In to be First Class to achieve Victory in Every Classroom to be successful.
With deep gratitude,
Dr. Kaveous K. Preston