Several months ago, Clay Community Schools put together a list of goals and strategies for this school year, and are spending the week working on some of the highlights.
Four major goals are laid out in the packet, including:
* All schools, and the school corporation as a whole, will meet national accountability requirements of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and state accountability requirements of Public Law 221,
* Financial benchmarks and standards of the School Corporation will be complete,
* Facility planning will continue until building/renovation projects are established and followed, and
* Re-culturing of schools will contribute to increased flexibility, innovation, and adaptability to change by employees of Clay Community Schools.
Many of the AYP requirements revolve around ISTEP testing, which began in all schools around the state this week.
CCS laid out plans to help underperforming students prepare for the standardized tests.
Remedial programs listed as strategies were put into place this summer for low scoring and at-risk students.
Another goal being highlighted this week is the renovation project, as the first special session of the school board is being held Thursday evening.
The goal packet sets forth a specific timeline for completing preparations for any construction projects, including the current proposed renovations.
Superintendent Dan Schroeder said the renovations could fulfill dual purposes of completing facility projects and raising morale.
Schroeder said he has seen building projects establish pride in the community and, "more than a generation of kids will benefit" from the renovations.
One of the goals listed was partially met this week.
Tuesday night, the school board voted to change health care plans for administrators and non-certified staff.
Health care issues are addressed under the category of financial benchmarks and standards.
The new plan is estimated to save the corporation and its employees a significant amount of money
Schroeder has already seen the impact of having a general plan for the school year.
"I think that's the major advantage (of the plan); it helps us focus on what's important to education," said Schroeder.
The list of goals and strategies was put together toward the end of last school year, and will be in effect through the 2008-09 school year.
This is the first time the corporation has put a concrete list of goals together.