While applauding the "hard work, perseverance, resiliency, and dedication" of those who work in schools, he said in the letter that he could "feel the high levels of anxiety throughout our organization." He attributed that anxiety, in part, to the attempts to implement several new statewide initiatives this year.
Toward the end of the letter, he wrote:
"As we continue along our instructional digital conversion and build our curriculum in a digital platform, we have a responsibility to supply each of you with the tools and resources needed to be successful. That is our responsibility and one that we intend to meet.
"To that point, I must personally take sole responsibility for the issues and mistakes evident in our Elementary English/Language Arts Unit 1 curriculum that we implemented this school year. I have never believed in excuses, and this instance is no exception. To our elementary administrators and teachers, I want to personally thank you for your patience and flexibility as we develop future units."
County officials said last month that they are working to correct the problems. The school system has been delivering printed versions of the curriculum to schools until computer access is improved, probably by the end of October.