Lots Of Progress As We Head Toward The Holidays

Message From The Superintendent
Posted on 11/07/2017

As I write this, we are about a third of the way through the 2017-2018 school year.  We started the year with a few things we wanted to accomplish related to our strategic plan and we are making good progress on those items.

Our strategic plan is built around student preparation, teacher support, and being an effective and efficient system.  While work within the strategic plan is a continuous process, we are focusing on accomplishing a few pieces this year.

The first is aligning and integrating systems.  While this is an ongoing process, we have done a lot in the business office and human resources departments this fall to be more efficient and effective.  Student Services has also streamlined items to require less time for completion.  This work will continue year after year as we find more effective and efficient ways to do to things.

The second is a review of our Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Employee of the Year selection processes so they are more similar from building to building.  A small group that includes recent award recipients is working on this project.

A large team, including representatives from business and industry, has been working on a profile of a graduate.  They are putting together the skills and attributes that a Mehlville School District graduate should have when he or she walks across the stage.  This is nearing completion and is slated for Board of Education review on December 14.

We have a small team working on an internal leadership development program that will be for all employee groups.  It is meant to build leadership capacity across all areas of the district, not just develop aspiring principals.  This program will launch in the summer of 2018.

Lastly, we are using better data to make better decisions.  We are putting together longitudinal data systems so that we can see trends over time.  Most recently we have been working on staffing and enrollment projections for the 18-19 school year and beyond.  That work is not yet complete, but it is exciting to see what the future holds.

In addition to these items:

The Finance Committee is reviewing Prop R and Prop A expenses and will issue a report on December 15. 

The Facility Committee is touring buildings as we work toward a possible facility issue on the ballot during the 2020-2021 school year.  This would be a tax transfer, not an increase.

The Communications Advisory Committee has been working on a new communications plan that is nearly complete.

Have a great holiday season and a Happy New Year!


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