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Board drafts new 5 year goals
May 03, 2013 · Ann Gruber-Miller

Mount Vernon's school board has drafted four new five-year goals for the school district.

The goals are part of the board's current goals and visioning process, required every five years by the state and facilitated this year by Harry Heiligenthal of the Iowa Association of School Boards.

The new goals address the four priority themes for the district identified by the board on April 1: student learning/ achievement, finances, technology and community.

At its April 22 goals and visioning session, the board expanded the previously identified priority themes into the four new goals. The board split the student learning/achievement area into two goals and placed communication with the community and within the schools within each resulting goal.

The goals are to:

• Develop a continuous improvement process for curricular content, instructional method and assessment.

• Develop personalized student learning plans focusing on the whole child - social/ emotional and mental health.

• Develop a financial plan to sustain and support the district's programs and facilities.

• Strengthen integration of technology to improve staff and student learning.

The board noted that the four new goals align very well with the previous nine goals formulated in 2006, deepening and sharpening the 2006 goals. In addition, one previous goal - "develop and operate an early childhood program - high quality, effective allocation of resources" has already been completed and is running well.

Next, the district leadership team will develop an action plan that sets out what steps need to be taken to meet each goal and what the indicators of progress on each goal should be, to be presented at the June 10 board meeting.

By August, the board and administrative team will use the goals to frame the district's plans for the upcoming school year.

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