Dr. John Tharp is superintendent of Greendale Schools. Dr. Tharp joined the district in August of 2012 and has 20 years of experience in public education. He previously served as an assistant superintendent in a large suburban district in Tennessee for two years. Prior to that, he was a high school principal, assistant principal, teacher, and coach. Dr. Tharp received his doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a James Madison Memorial Foundation Fellowship Award winner. He is the author of one book on school reform.
When the Village of Greendale began in 1938, our schools and library were housed under one roof, a shared service model. Over the years, our schools expanded into several buildings and the public library grew and needed its own space. Today, we’ve come full circle with the opening of the Greendale Community Learning Center (CLC). I’m excited to be a part of its Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Broad Street location.
Last year the CLC concept was developed as a way to control costs, provide greater public service to the community and enhance educational opportunities for our students outside of school hours. The Greendale model is a three-way partnership between the Village, School District, and the Library. The village library, the school district park and recreation office, and the health department are housed together in the former library building. This collaboration allows for shared staff, as well as the opportunity to offer collaborative projects for the community.
The CLC offers services for the benefit of the greater community, including WIFI Internet access for all citizens, plus login and filtered access for our youth. The library portion of the facility offers books and materials for checking out, and now offers electronic devices preloaded with Ebooks. The park and recreation office is an accessible location for parents and adults to register for the program offerings. The health department continues to meet the community’s health-related needs.
Greendale’s CLC is the first facility of its kind in the area. We are proud to have it located here. It is an example of collaboration that will ultimately increase efficiency and services while decreasing costs. That’s a win-win for everyone.
We hope to see you on September 21!
Dr. John Tharp