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.”