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Schools plan has 6 main goals

September 08, 1998

A first draft of a long-term plan for the Washington County Board of Education includes six main goals, along with recommendations to reach those goals, including:

- Develop equitable, contemporary curriculum expectations, with measurable outcomes and goals that meet the needs of students.

Recommendations include adopting policies and procedures on closely monitoring the curriculum, its management and its assessment. The report also asks that intervention procedures be provided to support improved achievement for all students. The student-teacher ratio should be reduced.

- Reorganize the management of the school system in a way that establishes accountability.

Recommendations include reviewing and revising the policy manual, as needed, and revising job descriptions and responsibilities for accuracy. The superintendent's cabinet also should be reorganized and additional personnel should be hired in the community relations office.

- Improve technological and information support.

Recommendations include appointing a director of technology services and spending sufficient dollars on technology. The report also asks that decisions on allocation of teachers and materials be based on identified needs and that a three-year budget plan be developed.

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- Improve professional development.

Recommendations include creating a position of supervisor of professional development and forming a new committee to oversee professional development. A new program would assist new teachers, while substitute teachers would be trained prior to being assigned work in the system.

- Improve school facilities.

Recommendations include increasing facilities by spending $1.5 million a year for five years. The spending would accelerate the completion of large renovation projects and allow for the construction of small additions instead of purchasing portable classrooms.

- Explore alternative strategies for instructing students.

Recommendations include looking at year-round schooling, before- and after-school programs, programs for parental instruction and family support, full-day kindergarten, and pre-school programs.

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