TROY — Troy City Schools Superintendent Chris Piper presented the board of education with a draft of the district’s strategic plan and discussed revisions at its regular meeting on Monday.
Piper said he plans to have the completed strategic plan in place prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
Piper said the plan was built around feedback from students, parents, teachers and members of the community, including a survey last fall. Focus groups with stakeholders and high school students were also part of the plan. The five major goal areas identified in the strategic plan include facility and maintenance, student success, fiscal responsibility, high-quality staff and communication and engagement.
Board member Susan Borchers said there was a lot of information to consume and didn’t want readers to have “false expectations” of when certain areas would be complete. Borchers also suggested a sequence of events of when the district’s goals were to be completed. Piper said he could implement a coloring code system to designate the levels of importance and completion goals for the five-year plan and its objectives.
Board member Ginny Beamish suggested that Piper polish the document and to make it more streamlined to use a parallel list format to make it more reader-friendly. Beamish commended those who contributed to the strategic plan.
Piper said he plans on sharing the draft with staff members to gather more feedback before presenting it again this summer.
Example of district “Student Success” goals include for each building and the overall district to have an overall state rating of “B” or above and for high school students to achieve a 22 or higher on the ACT by 2023.
Facilities and maintenance goals include to run a successful levy campaign, reduce operational costs through increased energy and operation efficiency and an annual update of the district’s five-year capital improvement plan, including athletic facilities. For the high quality staff initiative, goals included an increase in applicants, retention of highly effective staff as well as increase the number of teachers who participate in Leadership Troy. Other goals include to develop and maintain a compensation package that is competitive with similar and local districts. Communication and engagement goals include social media analytics, news publication and coverage and website interactions. Other goals include feedback to students regarding their progress, establish communication for student deadlines, expectations and opportunities and other action steps.
Director of Curriculum and Instruction Michael Moore reported no increase in student fees for the 2019-2020 school year. Student fees for kindergarten through sixth grade will be $30 with half-day kindergarten $15; junior high will be $30; and high school $25, not including special class fees.
The board also approved to increase school lunch prices. A 10 cent increase for elementary and high school lunch and a 15 cent increase was approved for adult lunches. An elementary lunch will cost $2.60, $2.85 for high school and $3.25 plus beverage for adult lunches beginning in 2019-2020. It was noted the last lunch price increase was in 2016-2017.
The board approved the 368 students for high school graduation. It was noted to be one of the largest graduating classes in school history.
The board also approved the 2019-2020 student and parent handbook changes:
• According to the handbook, “use of an electronic device, such as a cell phone, is at the discretion of the building principal in all areas of the school building and classroom teachers within their respective classrooms. Use of electronic devices on buses are at the discretion of the driver and may be prohibited when it is a safety concern.”
• The definition of a weapon includes “a knife is defined as a cutting instrument having a sharp blade that can cause bodily harm.”
• An opt-out form for photography and communication is located on the district’s website and must be updated annually. It was noted that students participate in public events and the district has little or no ability to control photographs or videos taken by other parents, community members or members of the news media.
• A “Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support” plan includes “all teachers have an PBIS plan for their classes. This plan explains the teacher’s requirements, expectations, rules, consequences and positive rewards. Understanding PBIS and its principles will help provide all students with a better learning environment.”
• Any student arriving after 30 minutes will be counted as partially absent, but consequences for tardiness may still be applied. Consequences for unexcused tardiness per quarter are as follows: first offense — verbal warning; second offense — verbal warning; third offense — 30-minute detention; fourth offense — two 30-minute detentions; fifth offense — Tuesday/Thursday School; sixth offense — one or more Tuesday/Thursday Schools.
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