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Dear Parkland School District Community: 
After my first month in the Parkland School District, I wanted to provide the community with an introductory message. I am honored to join the Parkland School District as your newly appointed Superintendent of Schools.  The Parkland School District sets a high standard academically, athletically, and in the arts across the state.  To join this amazing organization and family is something very special.  I look forward to maintaining the excellent programs, and growing and expanding educational opportunities,  academic achievement, and co-curricular activities for our students.  I am coming to Parkland from the Nazareth Area School District where I served as Assistant Superintendent.  I was fortunate to have great mentors and colleagues at Nazareth.  I am forever grateful for the time, experiences, and friendships built over the years.  In the months and years to come, I expect to build these same relationships with you through our work together. 
The leadership of the administrative team and school board has positioned the school district to succeed through these challenging times.  The tradition of excellence in all things will continue to be a focus for our school district.  I first would like to thank Rich Sniscak for his unwavering leadership in this District.   He is a tremendous leader who is well respected around the Valley and has touched the lives of countless students and families.  I wish him and his family well on their next phase of life.  We collaborated over the past few months to ensure a smooth transition and Rich provided me with access to a plethora of information and meetings in order to orient me to this new position.   Over my first 100 days as your Superintendent, I will focus on four main areas:  
1. Building Trust by Listening and Learning
2. Belonging
3. Excellence across Academics, the Arts, and Athletics 
4. Post Pandemic Planning  
One of the outstanding qualities that drew me to this District is the sense of family and community.  The support of the community for the School District and the reverence in which people talk about the Parkland teaching staff and administration is inspiring.  The work, dedication, and accomplishments of the teaching and support staff is second to none.  This staff has pushed through a very challenging year, but I have no doubt they will emerge stronger than ever as we look to the year ahead.  We will work together to ensure that every child is provided the opportunity to succeed.
It is a challenging and unpredictable time for all of us, not just for those of us who work in public education.  As we move through this global pandemic, we continue to see families and businesses struggle with many children needing support.  We need to continue to work and grow together to provide the highest standards of education for our children in a healthy and safe environment.  We look forward to a full return to 5 days per week of in-person instruction in all of our schools while keeping the health and safety of our staff and students at the forefront of our decision-making process.  
Parkland School District is the centerpiece of this community and students will continue to be at the forefront of our decision making.  We will continue to advocate for the community and maintain a healthy and fiscally responsible budget.  My office will always be open to you to discuss how to improve the experiences we provide to our students.  I look forward to joining you on this journey for our children's future.  Please consider following me on Twitter (@parklandsupt) to get District news as I share some of the great things that are happening within our schools and community.  
In closing, please know I believe if we remain strong together, be positive, stay safe, and be united as a community, we will all be doing what is best  for our children.  Continue to enjoy your summer and reach out to me or anyone on our staff if we may be of assistance to you.  And remember, August 30 is the first day of school.   #ParklandStrong
Please click here to learn more about my Entry Plan.
All the best,
Mark J. Madson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Parkland School District
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Mark J. Madson, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Phone: 610-351-5502

Dr. Mark Madson began on July 1, 2021.  

He wanted you to all get acquainted with him, so he spent some time in the PHS TV Studio letting our students interview him! 

PHS student interview

Elementary student interview