The first 100 days for a new superintendent are crucial to the long-term success of the district and administration. My entry plan is designed to ensure that I enter the role able to learn, process, and lead the district. As incoming superintendent, I have been charged with improving achievement for all students and making the school district’s systems and processes more effective and efficient. My entry and work as superintendent will be guided by the concept of improvement science defined by Tony Bryk in Learning to Improve. He emphasizes that improvement in a complex organization requires an organizational system that allows the district to learn fast to implement well. This entry plan ensures that I have a solid footing in key areas of the district and will ensure that I am approaching my engagement with key stakeholders with intentionality and purpose tied ultimately to achieving the goals of the district outlined in the strategic plan.
Entry Plan Priorities
- Assess the strengths, challenges, and opportunities of the District
- Establish a positive presence in the community
- Establish relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Development of a plan for accelerating the academic progress of all students
This entry plan is organized into three phases.
- Phase One: pre-entry planning phase (May 17 – June 11) (Please view the Pre-Entry Plan Report to the Board of Education here.)
- Phase Two: Day 1-50 (July 1-September 8)
- Phase Three: Day 51-100 (September 9-November 23)
Dr. Erick Pruitt is the new superintendent of Ankeny Community School District. He began with the district on July 1, 2021. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Pruitt has worked as a teacher, principal, and district leader.Throughout Dr. Pruitt’s leadership, he has been instrumental in the development of district strategic plans in collaboration with numerous stakeholder, prioritizing the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion into the overall district vision. Dr. Pruitt is an advocate and leader for the development of high-quality instruction and relationship building with all stakeholders.He is a native of Indianapolis, IN and a proud United State Marine Corps veteran. Dr. Pruitt earned his B.A. in Elementary Education from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, his M. Ed. from Loyola University Chicago, and his Ed. D. from National Louis University. Dr. Pruitt has been married to his wife, Kenya, a counselor, for 26 years and they are the proud parents of five children, daughter India, son James, son David, daughter Anaiah, and daughter Imani.
Dr. Erick Pruitt