Setting goals for Garfield Re-2 |

Setting goals for Garfield Re-2

Anne Guettler

At the Oct. 12 Garfield School District Re-2 Board of Education meeting, the board adopted five goals for the district.

These goals are based on the information, the comments and the thoughts that the staff shared with us over the last 18 months. Through surveys, conversations, focus groups and the deep work that Assistant Superintendent Dave Lindenberg did with the Garfield Re-2 staff through his “listening tour” in each of our 13 buildings, the Garfield Re-2 staff and the board developed these goals.

Our board goals will guide the work of our board and our district for the next three years.

Our new goals are:

1) Continue to develop a positive climate and culture.

We want our staff to feel valued, and know how much we believe in them and the work that they do every day. Our journey to develop a positive climate and culture will include specific attention to an improved collaboration with our negotiating body, Collaborative Solutions, and a sincere effort to retain quality school district staff.

We take the surveys that our staff and community complete seriously and we review the results from the multiple surveys that are completed throughout the year. We want you to know that we hear your thoughts, your praises and your concerns.

As part of this data review, we will also determine if we have too many surveys, just the right amount, not enough and then guide administration as to what adjustments may be necessary. Finally, once we have completed our review, we’ll set our climate and culture goals for the future.

2) Improve student achievement and ensure that student achievement is a central focus of the board of education.

As a board, we want to know how our students are doing in the classroom, and growing socially, emotionally and intellectually. Student achievement and related topics will be a specific agenda item for every board meeting. We will be working toward adopting a district-wide plan for curriculum/instruction/assessment (CIA) to guide our budget conversations, and our student achievement goals. Building level conversations are just beginning about the teaching learning cycle and we will begin to have conversations with our parents and community once our teachers get up to speed. We will also be reviewing the present “Unified Improvement Plans” of each school and the district and developing a district-wide strategic plan that includes goals for individual schools and the district as a whole.

3) Ensure that we are diligent stewards of the district finances.

We will be working with our administrative team, and gathering data from staff and the community around the work of being good fiscal stewards. Sometimes the best ideas come from places we, as the board, might not have thought to look. We will be reviewing the current budget, making budget adjustments based upon the new teaching and learning cycle and be working toward a three-five year plan for instructional resource adoption to guide the board in future budget work.

4) Lead our communities.

This is a goal we have already been diligently working toward achieving. We want to hear what our communities value, believe, support and have concerns about our district. Our superintendent has already held nearly 36 meetings with community members, but we have more work to do.

We want to engage our communities in a conversation regarding graduation requirements and communicate both our goals and our proposed district plan for the teaching and learning cycle to our communities. We need to begin conversations with the community regarding our budget realities, district goals and gage possible support of a potential mill levy and bond.

5) Ensure that school board norms, school board expectations, the school board team effectiveness rubric are measured and monitored on a consistent basis.

Just as effective job performance can be tied back to monitoring and measuring progress toward goals, we, as the school board, believe we should monitor our own effectiveness. Some examples of things we will be doing as a board to grow include: reviewing our board norms at meetings; reviewing the board expectations and our own team effectiveness rubric on a regular basis.

This is an exciting time for our board and our district. The board has restructured our meeting times to align with our board goals and our focus. These goals are a reflection of the work that our staff does everyday with enthusiasm, focus and love. They are a reflection of the thoughts, concerns and ideas brought to the table to help Garfield Re-2 grow and improve as an organization. We look forward to working together with you on accomplishing our goals and our vision of encouraging, nurturing and challenging every student, every day.

This information is submitted on behalf of the Garfield Re-2 Board of Education.

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