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Kingsland School Board strategic objectives for the district

By Kevin Blanchard

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in All Education

The Kingsland School Board approved strategic objectives and district goals at their meeting Monday, March 19.

The vision, mission, strategic objectives and district goals were developed through a series of strategic planning meetings. “The vision for Kingsland Public Schools is to be committed to an academically rich environment through the integration of twenty-first century skills,” Superintendent John McDonald said. The mission the board adopted is that by 2017, Kingsland will be recognized for academic excellence; safe and positive learning environment; innovative technology; community partnership; and student and parent engagement.

The strategic objectives for the district are: increase academic excellence through expanded curriculum, course offerings, extra-curricular and co-curricular activities; create a safe, positive learning environment; attract and retain highly effective teachers; identify and assist underachieving students; increased accountability between school, community, parents and students; and, facilities that match our educational needs.McDonald said that each of the strategic objectives will be broken down into more specific goals for each of the grade levels.

In other action, the board approved several fundraising events. The “Jump for Heart” and “Hoops for Heart” will raise money for the American Heart Association. The track team will sell beef jerky to raise money for a four by six foot record board.

The Robotics team will be holding a unique fundraising event, Teacher vs. Student Dodge Ball Matches on March 22. The copy on the flyer announcing the event reads, “Ever wanted to pelt a teacher with a dodge ball? Well, here is your chance!”

Students are invited to put together a six-person team to challenge the teachers. The teachers who will be participating according to Jordan Chinnow are Mr. Hill, Mr. Pryor, Mr. Bergy, Coach Stinson, Coach Peterson, Mr. Boerger and Senorita McMahon. “I think that once the students see the flyer, they will be interesting in coming to watch the matches,” Chinnow said.

The board also approved the implementation of the TIES management system. TIES is a Minnesota software developer with a history of reliability, stability and state-of-the-art security. TIES integrated student, personalized learning, finance, human resources and payroll systems drive decisions through intuitive reports and metric dashboards to optimize school district performance. “We currently use the JMC Software system,” McDonald said. “Our systems do not talk with one another.

“All of the systems and data for the district will be tied together under one umbrella, one system,” McDonald said. “We will be able to more easily generate reports and communicate with our staff. This is an opportune time to do this as we close out one year and move to the next.”

McDonald also led the board in a discussion of the implementation of the new Apple iPad. He would like to bring it before the board as a decision item in April. He is proposing that the district would lease 200 iPads for grades three through six and some for additional staff. The cost of the lease would be $34,650 per year with an option to purchase each iPad for one dollar at the end of the three-year lease.

In the 2012-2013 school year, according to McDonald’s proposal, every student in 9th through 12th grade will have a netbook. In the 2013-2014 school year, grades seven and eight will receive netbooks. By the fall of 2015, all students will have access to an iPad or netbook. “These are powerful learning tools that will engage our students,” McDonald said.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Steve Swanson, a parent of one of the students, addressed the board. “I am concerned with the boys basketball program. I have spoken with several parents who have been disappointed with the program this year,” he said.

“The current coaching staff has overlooked violent behavior and swearing,” Swanson said. “I would like to ask the board to open up the position for a new boys basketball coach and assistant coach.”

The next board meeting will be on April 16 at 7 p.m. in the district conference room.

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