Table of Contents

  • Curriculum & Instruction

    • K-12 Curriculum Mapping

    • Social-Emotional Learning

    • Life Skills Program

    • ICT Course Offerings

    • Instructional Technology Support

    • RTI Process

    • STEAM Initiative

    • Course Offerings

    • Research Program

  • Community Engagement

    • Student/Alumni Round Tables

    • Parent Workshops

    • Service Fairs

  • Technology

    • 1:1 Chromebook Initiative

    • Enhance Infrastructure

    • Data Management

  • Facilities & Budgets

    • Improve & Maintain Facilities

    • Fiscally-Responsible Budgets

Curriculum & Instruction

K-12 Curriculum Mapping

Complete the process of K-12 curriculum mapping to ensure that our students are receiving the highest quality 21st century education. We want an articulated curriculum that is consistent across buildings and grade levels and ultimately published online so that it is accessible to parents and community members.

Develop and publish commencement level exit outcomes for elementary, middle, and high school. Focus on the skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, research, and oral and written communication.

Social-Emotional Learning

Oversee creation of a comprehensive K-12 mental health plan that incorporates best practices for nurturing students’ social and emotional development.

Expand social worker support for our middle school to further improve school climate and culture. Additional support will enable students to further develop friendship and coping skills, as well as positive solutions to problems. Increases our ability to connect the middle-school population with the opportunities and resources to succeed academically and socially.

Life Skills Program

Prepare for the implementation of a life skills program at our secondary level to ensure that our elementary special education students who can now remain in district due to our newly created 6:1:1 program will be able to successfully and effectively transition into our middle and high school.  

ICT Course Offerings

Create an integrated co-teaching (ICT) option for Algebra II and Chemistry so that more of our students with IEPs can proceed with Regents level coursework while continuing to receive the support they need.

Instructional Technology Support

Provide more instructional technology support for our teachers and staff.  The end goal is not to have more technology for the sake of technology but to use it to enrich, broaden, and facilitate the educational experiences of our children.  In order to do that, we need to make sure not only that the technology works, but that our teachers have the tools and strategies they need to incorporate it into great lesson plans.

RTI Process

Improve our processes for RTI (Response to Intervention) by focusing on high quality, research based instructional methods, progress monitoring and ongoing student assessment, appropriately tiered levels of intervention, and parental involvement and support.

STEAM Initiative

STEAM represents a paradigm shift from traditional education philosophy, based on standardized test scores, to a modern ideal which focuses on valuing the learning process as much as the results. In essence, we dare our students to be wrong, to try multiple ideas, listen to alternate opinions and create a knowledge base that is applicable to real life as opposed to simply an exam.Deron Cameron

Provide additional professional development opportunities to support our teachers in their efforts to integrate science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics across all disciplines.

Further outfit our STEAM labs with cutting edge technology to engage and motivate students.

Expand the use and development of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) experiments and labs.

Build partnerships with local businesses and colleges to provide our secondary students with career connections and authentic learning experiences in the fastest growing fields of employment.

Course Offerings

Ensure that new course proposals, such as AP Computer Science for 2019 - 2020, continue to align with district goals and better reflect 21st century skill demands.

Expand our elementary foreign language programs into lower grades, exploring possible K-2 options.

Improve elective options for our middle-school level students, particularly in the areas of fine arts and the humanities.

Research Program

Continue our work to create a rigorous research program for our high school students that begins in a student's freshman year, and culminates with the student submitting papers to competitions, such as the Regeneron STS program. We feel that we have created great research opportunities for our sophomores and juniors through the AP Seminar and AP Research courses, and we hope to expand these robust research opportunities to our freshman and seniors through new courses.

Provide mentorship opportunities for our high school students to collaborate with our middle schoolers on research projects in the newly created Honors Academy course.


Community Engagement

Student/Alumni Round Tables

Along with administrators and teachers, board members should engage in round table forums with our secondary students and alumni to receive feedback on district strengths and areas for improvement.

Parent Workshops

Provide more parent training and workshops to facilitate and enhance parent/student use of programs such as Naviance, eSchool Parent Portal, and GSuite (Google) for Education.

Service Fair

Explore the creation of a Community Service Fair at the secondary level to connect our high school students with opportunities in local non-profit organizations.

Become a certifying organization for the nationally recognized President’s Volunteer Service Award to facilitate and reward the service activities of our students.  


Technology

1:1 Chromebook Initiative

Expand the availability and use of chromebooks in our elementary schools, creating a digitalized and student-centered learning environment.

Refine and hone the 1:1 initiative based on collected data and feedback as the program expands into the high school.

Provide teachers with the necessary support to maximize the effectiveness of instructional technology and incorporate technology education strands into our K-12 curriculum.

Enhance Infrastructure

Ensure that sufficient budget funds are allocated to updating and adding technology infrastructure each year.

Continue the deployment of desktops, Chromebook carts, and iPads to enable our teachers to maximize student engagement.

See through the wiring of our instructional classrooms with an access point to ensure full Wi-Fi coverage on all campuses and continue to invest in our wireless access as more devices come on board over the next several years.

Data Management

In a world where cyber attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, we would like to task our administration with providing a cost-benefit analysis on migrating our data management from in-house to a third-party cloud provider (e.g. Amazon, Google, Microsoft). Since these third-party cloud providers staff some of the brightest minds in the cyber security industry, they are several years ahead of what we can offer via an in-house managed solution.


Facilities & Budgets

Improve and Maintain Facilities

Develop a new 5-year facilities plan in 2020 and continue the implementation of the board’s strategy to tackle the 59 million dollars’ worth of outstanding facilities work in our district.  

Continue to find new savings and efficiencies to fund our Capital Reserve.

Seek community input and support for a potential bond referendum at no additional cost to taxpayers as some of our debt service retires.

Creation of a Learning Environment Committee to improve and modernize instructional spaces. Research how best to use technology, furniture, and classroom design to reinforce best instructional practices. Continue to improve building conditions that are most conducive to student learning and engagement.

Explore options for replacing outdated classroom unit ventilators with cost effective multi-purpose vents that provide both heating AND cooling since maintaining a comfortable classroom temperature can be more conducive to student learning.

Expand the capital projects line in our budget incrementally over the next 5 years to better manage facility needs on an annual basis.

Fiscally-Responsible Budgets

Further reduce the assigned fund balance from 1.4% of the budget to 0% over the next several years, having significantly reduced the balance already from a high of 4.68% in 2014.

Expand community involvement in the budget development process through the use of innovative outreach methods such as online surveys.

Carry on the practice of adhering to adopted board policies on fiscal management and transparency with the district's reserves.

Adopt budgets that minimize tax increases for homeowners, while maximizing programs that directly benefit our students.