Despite the recent underperformance of the school and inconsistency of test scores, Burnley is optimistic about where the school is headed and has started working on both his short- and long-term goals for the kindergarteners through eighth graders.
“My short-term goal was to motivate teachers and to take ownership for the academic achievement level of the children,” Burnley said. “My long-term goals are that we not only become a good school, but we become a great school. We want to also strive to become a Blue Ribbon school.”
Blue Ribbon schools are nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and also by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Blue Ribbon schools excel academically and socially. Burnley hopes to become one in the upcoming years.
He is making strides at Nebinger with many new programs and changes.
“The most recent exciting initiative is the revitalization of our playground area where we have a number of community members, teachers and parents coming together to revitalize the area located in the rear of our school yard,” Burnley said.
Under Burnley’s direction the future of the Nebinger School looks bright.