New Aberdeen School District superintendent discusses student success plan

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WCBI) – On Wednesday, the Aberdeen School District announced that Dr Andrea Pastchal-Smith will be their next superintendent.

Currently the principal of (Island) Eiland Middle School in Louisville, she is used to getting the best out of her students over her 22 years of schooling.

“I’ve been a primary, middle, and high school principal, as well as central office experience,” she says.

On July 1, 2022, it adds the superintendent to this list.

“Our goal is to improve the academic achievement of all students in the Aberdeen School District,” she says. “I look forward to working with an enthusiastic team and community.

Dr. Pastchal-Smith has a proven track record of improving student academic success wherever she goes.

“By working collectively to achieve these goals, we have increased elementary, middle and high school results at every level I have served,” she says.

In 2017, West Elementary School had an F rating when Dr. Pastchal-Smith took over as principal. By the time she left, that rating was up to an A.

His current students at Eiland Middle School are heading in the same direction.

“Our benchmark scores continue to top each test cycle,” says Dr. Pastchal-Smith. “Our students are doing well here.”

For this to happen in Aberdeen, she knows it will take the combined efforts of everyone at Aberdeen High, Aberdeen Elementary and Belle/Shivers Middle.

“Our goal is for all of our students to be competent,” says Dr. Pastchal-Smith. “By working collectively and collaborating to meet the needs of our students.

Dr. Pastchal-Smith says she also plans to establish programs to give parents the opportunity to become more involved.

“We offer resources, activities and workshops for parents to give them the best results in improving their skills while continuing to provide the best quality for their child’s learning,” she says.

Dr Pastchal-Smith says teachers and students at all three schools should expect to see her regularly.

“They will see a superintendent who is very visible, who will be in the buildings, who will be in the classrooms,” she said.

Dr Pastchal-Smith says she has already spoken with her predecessor Jeff Clay and says he shares her high expectations for Aberdeen students.

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