District School Committee Overview Goals for 2014-2015

School District Goals for 2014-2015

I. Communication/Community Relations

We will continue to encourage two-way communication within the district among staff, parents, and the community, as well as outreach to legislators to advocate for our needs. Key components include:

  • Review progress of the 3-year Strategic Plan (2014-2017) annually, and publish an annual school district report card to enhance community relations and communications.
  • Include teaching and learning highlights and new student involvement initiatives at each regularly scheduled school committee meeting.
  • Continue to strengthen and enhance the home-school connection, including full utilization of school/district websites, PowerSchool, and NutriKids, allowing parents to better monitor student progress, assignments, grades, and student dietary choices.
  • Update parents and the community on the maintenance status and conditions of all school buildings and grounds.
  • Continue to maintain collaborative relations with legislative leaders and continue efforts to enhance Chapter 70 funding and monitor charter school funding formula.

II. Student Achievement

Through a series of initiatives, we will continue to enhance opportunities for students to reach higher levels of achievement. Key components include:

  • Review and approve an updated Technology Plan with regard to the recommendations in the Technology Program Evaluation Report (June 2014), as well as the implications for academic achievement and budgetary considerations.
  • Implement the recommendations in the Technology Program Evaluation Report (June 2014).
  • Update on progress mid-year and end-of-year.
  • Review student achievement data through annual updates of Foxborough Public Schools “Baselines and Benchmarks” report. Update by November 2014.
  • Monitor progress and pursue new opportunities for enrichment and challenge within the core curriculum and with associated review of budgetary impact. Update in December 2014.
  • Continue to assess the effectiveness of special education programs. Monitor inclusion practices district-wide that promote achievement goals in literacy, mathematics, and behavior management. Provide annual update in March 2015.
  • Continue guidance services at all levels which best support academic achievement, with review of mental health services, career planning opportunities and school-to-work life skills.
  • Continue the curriculum review cycle to support student achievement and to ensure alignment with state and national standards. Progress report annually.

III. Financial Management

We will continue to ensure that the budget provides for the achievement of all students in the district while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

  • Ensure the budget adequately supports the district’s mission, vision and goals.
  • Review monthly budget reports and take appropriate actions.
  • Continue to meet and collaborate with municipal and legislative leaders on fiscal matters.
  • Continue to work with municipal officials in support of town financial plans.
  • Continue to work with Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and the community to articulate the needs for the renovation of all schools in the district.
  • Appoint a budget subcommittee to monitor budget development.

IV. Policy Development

The School Committee will review, approve, and maintain the policy book developed in conjunction with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC).

  • By April 2015 review the policy manual when MASC advises of potential policy changes.
  • With the help of MASC, the Committee and school administration will update individual policies when needed or required by district or legislative mandate.
  • Appoint a policy subcommittee to monitor ongoing changes in policy per MASC.

V.  Superintendent’s Performance

Recognizing the value of the Superintendent’s role in leading a high-performing school district, the School Committee will:

  • Support the Superintendent in the implementation of strategy for systemic improvement, the ongoing oversight of the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation System, and the ongoing development of a high functioning leadership team.
  • Evaluate Superintendent’s performance and complete the School Committee overall composite evaluation by June 2015, and conduct public evaluation by July 2015.

School Committee Approved: August 18, 2014