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Board approves strategic goals and objectives

After an in-depth conversation between Board members and administrative leaders during a public meeting on Monday, July 29, 2013, the Board unanimously approved new long-range strategic goals and objectives for the district.  These goals and objectives were drafted by the independent research firm ECRA Group Inc. and refined by administration, based on last year’s input to ECRA from thousands of district faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members.  Board approval of these strategic plan components now paves the way for collaboration over the next few months with the district’s labor association partners in creating tactics and measurements for the district’s long-range success. 

The following long-range strategic plan components were approved by the Board on July 29, 2013:

MISSION STATEMENT:  The mission of Community Unit School District 300 is to ensure our students reach their unique potential as self-directed learners and responsible citizens.

VISION STATEMENT:  The vision of Community Unit School District 300 is to provide an exemplary education in a safe and rewarding environment.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES:

  • We believe all students can learn and be successful.
  • We believe a challenging curriculum, effective instruction, and rigorous standards are essential to prepare students for the future.
  • We believe the use of research, assessment, measurement, and accountability can improve the quality of education.
  • We believe professional development, supervision, and evaluation increase the quality of teaching and learning.
  • We believe trust, collaboration, transparency, and active involvement of stakeholders are necessary for a climate of continual improvement in a diverse environment.
  • We believe important and relevant information must be shared clearly and consistently throughout the District community.
  • We believe our schools and communities are strengthened through fiscal stability and effective facility and resource management.

STRATEGIC GOAL 1 (Student Achievement):  Challenge all students to reach their unique potential.

It is essential to create an exceptional learning environment that motivates, challenges, and supports all students so they can achieve their academic potential every year, while preparing them for college and career opportunities.

Objectives to support Goal 1:

  1. Provide a rigorous curriculum that challenges all students.
  2. Hold students to the highest academic standards.
  3. Use assessment to support learning and improve instruction.
  4. Align curriculum and assessments to the Common Core and other learning standards.
  5. Focus on curriculum, instruction, and assessment that lead to student achievement, mastery, and growth.
  6. Prepare students to be ready for college and career.

STRATEGIC GOAL 2 (School Environment): Create a school environment conducive for learning.

Students need a safe, stimulating, and rewarding environment to learn and grow.

Objectives to support Goal 2:

  1. Maintain appropriate class size at all grade levels.
  2. Hire and retain quality teachers and staff to reflect the district’s diversity.
  3. Collect, analyze, and assess student social-emotional growth and its impact on the school environment.
  4. Develop and enforce an equitable District-wide discipline policy.
  5. Update the long-term technology plan to effectively use instructional technology and provide professional development.
  6. Continually review the District safety plans.

STRATEGIC GOAL 3 (Fiscal Stability): Ensure long-term fiscal stability for programs, technology, infrastructure, and facilities.

The cornerstone of any school district’s future is protecting its long-term investment through prudent financial and facilities management. Fiscal stability is critical as the district faces ongoing financial challenges.

Objectives to support Goal 3:

  1. Examine and evaluate program effectiveness within the District.
  2. Give priority to teaching and instruction when making fiscal and resource allocations.
  3. Develop a plan that addresses enrollment, boundary alignment, and district facility needs.
  4. Improve practices and procedures related to purchasing and maintaining supplies, materials, and equipment.
  5. Allocate funds to implement a comprehensive technology plan that addresses infrastructure, hardware, and support.
  6. Research alternative sources of funding.
  7. Develop a plan that addresses facility improvement and maintenance.

STRATEGIC GOAL 4 (Community Relations):  Engage every sector of our diverse community in authentic, specific, and systematic ways to listen, learn, and serve our common interest.

Time and resources can be saved, and effectiveness improved, by focusing communication based on district and stakeholder priorities.

Objectives to support Goal 4:

  1. Ensure an environment that fosters dialogue internally and externally.
  2. Provide transparency in decision-making processes.
  3. Regularly monitor and report stakeholder input.
  4. Target communication relevant to appropriate stakeholders.

STRATEGIC GOAL 5 (Accountability and Quality Improvement):  Create a culture for continuous quality improvement and accountability for district programming and staff.

Commitment to accountability and continuous quality improvement is necessary to improve effectiveness in the teaching-learning process, foster a collaborative work environment, and tap the expertise of faculty and staff.

Objectives to support Goal 5: 

  1. Develop and implement administrator performance evaluations in compliance with the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA).
  2. Develop and implement teacher performance evaluations in compliance with the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA).
  3. Develop and implement non-certified staff evaluations in compliance with relevant statutes.
  4. Review district professional development plans annually for all staff.
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