The school board for Community School District 13 adopted the strategic plan in the works since 2011.
“The feeling was, after discussion, to keep moving on it and really review [the plan] on a regular basis,” according to Union 76 Superintendent Mark Jenkins in a follow-up interview.
The strategic plan lays out five key areas for improvement and guidance for the school system. The areas include student achievement, teaching and learning, staff, school climate and co-curricular, and budget and finance. Jenkins said a presentation-friendly version of the strategic plan will be available the first few weeks of school.
The strategic plan also sets out specific action steps, tangible goals, and means of accountability for achieving those goals.
The board voted 4-1 (Vaughn) to adopt the strategic plan.
In other business, Gillian Tripp, currently working the equivalent of four days per week as a speech therapist, was hired unanimously for a one day per week equivalent elementary school assistant principal.
Jessica Talbot was hired as the high school physical science teacher, and her husband Chris Talbot was hired as the Learning Center Coordinator.
Hillary Tobin was hired as the elementary school art teacher.
One day was added to the CSD school calendar to bring it in line with the number of days the school has traditionally held classes. The last day of school for the 2013-14 school year will be Monday, June 16—barring any snow days.
The school board voted to give the superintendent the power to award bids on things such as paper, fuel oil, milk, lawn mowing and so on.
There was also a discussion about the installation of magnetic door locks on the elementary school doors, which will allow visitors to be buzzed in during school hours as a safety precaution. There will also be a broader discussion of school safety moving forward, said Jenkins.
Jenkins said elementary school principal Mike Benjamin called this year’s summer school program a success.
“There were more than 40 kids attending on a regular basis,” said Jenkins. Some of that success is attributed to offering transportation for students during the summer.