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Greendale Board of Education Adopts 2016­-17 Goals 

The Greendale School Board adopted the District’s 2016­-17 goals at the Board’s September work session meeting held last week. These goals are set to guide the work of the district as it builds a long-term strategic plan during this school year, according to a press release from the district.

The goals are divided among “Instructional” and “Operational” focus areas and were developed in part based on the results of a community survey conducted in November of 2015 as part of the superintendent search. In the area of instructional goals, the two priority areas identified are closing the achievement gap and understanding and supporting diversity in the community.

“In recent state report cards, the District has done extremely well on the overall score, placing in the 85th to 90th percentile of all State school districts. But when looking at closing the achievement gap, Greendale Schools have performed under the 50th percentile compared to other districts around the state,” Dr. Kiltz stated in his report to the Board. “Our instructional goals will target improvement to close the gaps among identified demographic groups, including students who are members of an ethnic minority group; students who speak English as a second language; students who live in poverty; and students who are receiving special education services.

The District highlighted specific benchmarks in multiple areas, including elementary and middle school student achievement, high school students proportional representation and academic success in advanced/college level coursework, and student engagement and reflection on growth and opportunities in activities to develop the “Attributes of a Greendale graduate.”

Operational goals for the school year focus on increasing efficiency, practicing cost­-saving measures, and evaluating the effectiveness of community engagement activities. These include determining the baseline on technology integration levels, reducing electrical and natural gas usage through proactive usage savings measures, monitoring and practicing smart budgeting practices, establishing a baseline on impact of communication and District engagement activities, improving community engagement self­-evaluation scores for the Board, and focusing on employee engagement activities.

“Community support of Greendale Schools is strong and District leadership is aware and grateful for this long­standing commitment to education,” Dr. Kiltz added. “Our plan is to proceed through this school year with a comprehensive strategic planning process developed in collaboration with our community and then to take actions and review progress at 90 day intervals. By taking incremental steps forward, we can hold ourselves accountable to the work, determine impact, and take the necessary steps to make already great schools even better for our students, staff, and community.”

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10 Comments

  1. Marcia

    I am a 2002 GHS alumni and do not believe the school system okayed a purchase of a semi truck for the band.

    Really?

    • catherine Sloan

      I saw this truck yesterday for the GHS Marching Band and wondered who paid for this, as well. It is a huge semi-trailer. Did the band fund-raise for this item or was it paid for by the school system?

      • John

        Does GHouse Band own a semi truck and trailer? Or is this another Everything Greendale innuendo?

    • Catherine Sloan

      I saw this truck yesterday and wondered if the band had a fundraiser for this or if it was paid for by the school district. Does anyone know for sure who funded that huge semi-trailer?

  2. John

    I think the goals that have been in place the last three years are just great. They are huge.

    Imagine if we could have fit this together and kept things going in the right direction Greendale. We could have been great if things were allowed to happen for the best in Greendale in the last few years.

  3. anthony

    The goals in this news article appear to be a first step in the right direction for the school district and needed recalibration of the administration, educators, and elected school board.

    The old goals have been the same ones since at least four years or more ago and new ones like these are needed.

    It looks like a waste of a good goal for the operational goals for energy efficiency, budgeting, and engagement strategies. That should just be a given not a goal and would like to see a goal of fewer central office staff, better productivity and more funds, not going to less taxes, but to more teachers or support for kids like those in the achievement gap.

    To this point :Operational goals for the school year focus on increasing efficiency, practicing cost­-saving measures, and evaluating the effectiveness of community engagement activities. These include determining the baseline on technology integration levels, reducing electrical and natural gas usage through proactive usage savings measures, monitoring and practicing smart budgeting practices, establishing a baseline on impact of communication and District engagement activities, improving community engagement self­-evaluation scores for the Board, and focusing on employee engagement activities.

    Would like to learn more about closing the achievement gap. That looks to be a red spot and must be fixed immediately.

  4. Dinkfester

    These GOALS r the BEST WEEEE have SEEEN GREENDALE!!!!!

  5. katie

    I want this to be accomplished.?

    Are we ready to transform and does Kiltz have the support of the administration? Dr Amidzich can’t do this.

    They bought a semi truck for the G House band and allow huge class sizes and poor students to flounder.

    • ann

      The school district bought a semi truck for the G House band?

      I don’t believe the school district did that.

      Have we ever heard Budget truck rental?

      • Dinkfester

        HAAAYYY ANN!!!

        THE GHOUSE BAND has a SEMI TRUCK!!!!

        They needed it and we BOUGHT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        What do you think BILLY BOY?

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