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August 16, 2018 Upcoming year at the Highland School District
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

The Highland Board of Education met on the afternoon of June 21 for a work session.

The goal of the session was to review the goals that they had set for the 2017-18 school year and to update or replace those goals for 2018-19.

The board reflected on how the school year went and focused on a vision for the future.

Some of the highlights from 2017-18 were an improved learning environment, the marketing of the district, improved communication, financial stability gains, establishment of new and exciting programs, improved relationship and partnerships with the Lone Tree CSD and a better job of connecting the kids with the communities that we serve.

While many of these areas were highlights and improvements, most of these areas remain as a focus to continue to implement and improve.

Other areas of emphasis that need to be worked on includes community involvement, building trust, reversing open enrollment trends enhanced access to technology and reduced expenses.

Six general goals were determined by the Board of Education for the Highland CSD for the 2018-19 school year:

Marketing

Possible actions include:

• “Student of the Month”

• Continue the close relationship with the media.

•Highlighting different groups on a monthly basis.

• Posting board goals and updates on the website.

• Continue the community outreach programming.

• Publication of student composed articles.

• Continuing to update the website.

Facility planning

• Addressing the HVAC issues at the secondary building.

• Determine the best alignment for fifth grade placement in the future.

• Monitor enrollment trends and classroom space.

• Safe and inclusive environment.

• Efficiency.

• Kitchen air conditioning.

Partnerships

• Grow and develop community business opportunities.

• Tap into community expertise.

• Joint board meetings with educational partners.

• Staff input on sharing agreements.

Enhanced curriculum

• Career academies for career & technical areas.

• Unique and advanced course offerings.

• Smooth transitions between elementary, middle school and high school.

• A K-12 curriculum focus.

• Technology training and tools for students and staff.

• Standards-based grading.

Finances

• Continue to grow the general fund balance.

• Continue to grow the spending authority.

• Prepare for funding of future facility needs.

• Work with our communities and patrons to educate about school finances.

Communication

• Work with local media with monthly news articles.

• Weekly updates and schedules to staff and board.

• An official method of communication district-wide.

• Guidelines for community event communication.

• Consistency on student-parent communication.

• Promotion of school activities.

As stated earlier, the district has already been working on addressing many of these goals and many of these benchmarks are a continuation of those efforts.

We welcome the input of our patrons in the community and invite anyone who would like to serve on the Highland School improvement Advisory Committee.

That group will meeting four times a year for 90 minutes. Meetings are schedule on Sept. 24, Oct. 29, Dec. 3 and a date in the spring to be determined. Meetings begin at 6 p.m. and are scheduled in the high school building.

This group makes recommendations directly to the Board of Education. Anyone interested in participating can email me at mjorgensen@highland.k12.ia.us, and I will get you added to group.

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