D51 board adopts long-term goals
District 51 School Board members on Tuesday night adopted goals, objectives and strategies that will inform a long-term action plan for the district.
The five-page document is the product of ideas produced by a committee of community members and district employees, citizen focus groups, and input from school board members. The final draft of the document was released to the public shortly before Tuesday’s board meeting, something committee member Amy Agapito said made her uncomfortable.
“My daughter and her education will be directly impacted by the frameworks in that plan and I’d like to know exactly what is in the plan” sooner, she said.
Agapito and Rob Pierce, both members of local community group Save Our Students, asked the board to delay adoption of the plan goals until the board’s next meeting Dec. 11 so citizens would have time to review the plan and offer input on its contents prior to adoption.
The board voted 5-0 later in the meeting to adopt the document.
Board President Greg Mikolai said the long-term plan will be open to review and changes throughout its existence.
He added he wanted to adopt the document now to give staff more time to use the goals, objectives and strategies to form an action plan before a July 1 deadline and determine if the plan aligns with state laws and regulations.
“Please don’t feel once we’ve voted on it tonight the public has no more say it,” Mikolai said.
Plan goals include increasing student growth and achievement, improving communication inside and about the district, and promoting shared responsibility for educational success among students, teachers, families, school and community members.
Ways to achieve or measure success in those areas include increasing student attendance to 95 percent within 5 years, implementing a redesigned compensation system for teachers, and getting 90 percent of third-grade students to score at or above grade level in reading by June 2017.