Nov. 5, 2013

Board approves Educational Services report

School Board members approved a report that highlighted the past year’s work of the Educational Services area and priorities for future efforts. Human Resources and Organizational Development Director John Roubik and Special Services Mardi Freeman presented the report. Instructional  Services Supervisor Katherine Little, Ph.D., provided information for the report but was not able to attend the meeting.
Accomplishments in the past year include work on:

  • district strategic planning;
  • curriculum revisions  in elementary science, guidance, family and consumer science and secondary applied engineering and technology;
  • professional development in a variety of areas including disciplinary literacy, technology, RtI, teacher and principal evaluation;
  • new state accountability system components including school report cards, math and science graduation requirements, PALS kindergarten screener and educator effectiveness;
  • new process to secure substitute teachers and paraprofessionals; and
  • custodian employment handbook.

Priorities ahead will include:

  • new strategic vision and tactical planning;
  • curriculum work in elementary language arts, business education, art, fitness, health, secondary science and world languages;
  • professional development,
  • RtI;
  • personalized and differentiated instruction,
  • aligning hiring with the new strategic vision; and
  • more opportunities for families whose students have IEPs to partner with the district.

Strategic vision statement revised

Roubik also reported on work of the Strategic Visioning Committee which met Oct. 22-23 to validate and review the district’s mission, vision, beliefs and high-leverage strategies to support high engagement and achievement. The committee of parents, employees, students and community representatives rewrote the plan’s vision statement from “Empowering students to pursue unlimited opportunities for learning, service and leadership” to “Where learners are driven by passion, inspired by possibilities and committed to excellence.”
School Board member Gerry Schmitz, who attended the planning session, said the work of the committee provided vision that will take the district to a new level of performance. School Board member Deborah Briggs said the new vision statement was more powerful than the previous one.

Two appointments made

In personnel business, the School Board appointed Jennifer Breier as a part-time Templeton supervision paraprofessional and Lisa Perreault as a part-time Marcy associate kitchen employee.