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CCS set up goals and strategies

Thursday, September 20, 2007

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.

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It is amazing to me that on the list of goals and strategies set by the School Board to improve education in Clay County that it is never mentioned to negotiate a new contract for the teachers.This is why there are many outstanding administrators and teachers leaving our poorly run county.

-- Posted by 5longyears on Thu, Sep 20, 2007, at 5:46 AM

It amazes me that contract comes up once again. I am more worried about the education of my child than what a teacher makes. I am more worried about how and what my child is learning then what the teacher makes. I don't think that the school corporation is run poorly or the community. I stand behind education first and foremost.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Thu, Sep 20, 2007, at 8:50 AM

This county has lost great administrators and teachers such as Dr. Freeman, Mr. Linton, Mr. Church, Nancy Ewing and more because of the way the School Board has run things. The real question is, under the no raise and no respect doctrine of this current school board is:

Who will teach in Clay Community Schools in the future?

-- Posted by 5longyears on Thu, Sep 20, 2007, at 3:57 PM

It was quite a surprise that settling the contract hasn't been on the agenda for the past 4 years. This is just getting ridiculous.

-- Posted by 5yearstoolong on Thu, Sep 20, 2007, at 5:18 PM

How can anyone think that the hiring of a superintendent and a business manager, neither of whom live in our county, is anything less than poor decision making on the part of the school board? These men do not have a vested interest in Clay County other than their paycheck! Also, if a person truly cares about his child's education, then why wouldn't he want to keep top quality teachers working in the system? Losing top quality people from from our county to another is called "Brain Drain". I can't help but wonder if beautiful978 works outside the home. And, if so, when is the last increase in pay that appeared on his paycheck?

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Thu, Sep 20, 2007, at 9:02 PM

I have to agree with beautiful 978. Our school corporation is being run splendidly! There is a 4.2 million dollar balance in the general fund. That is the 33rd highest balance in the state out of 290 school corporations. What a way to run a business. Oh wait, we're talking about a government entity aren't we. So that is 4.2 million dollars of taxpayer's money sitting there not doing anything. I too care about education, and let's face it, beautiful 978, who teaches the children of Clay County? If you truly care about education, you would be concerned about the unrest within the ranks of teachers. We have lost many excellent teachers and administrators who have decided to move. If the teacher contract is not negotiated, this exodus will continue, and education in Clay County will suffer terribly.

-- Posted by cubsdog on Thu, Sep 20, 2007, at 10:53 PM

Seems like I am being attacked for the comments that I have left. Let me tell you running on empty, I do work outside of the home and I have a degree in Child Development. I did not get in it for the money. I would love to get a 12% pay increase like what the teachers have been offered. I did not get the degree that I have so that I could make the big bucks I got it for the love of children that I have. There are graduates getting out of school all of the time with education degrees that would be more than happy to come in making what some of the lower paid teachers are making. It just makes me wonder if they are paid more does it make them teach better. NO. More money does not mean higher education. Give them the money that they want and then see how many field trips our kids go on and if they do go on field trips are you willing to foot the bill for the gas for the bus and pay for the child's way in. I will tell you I would be willing to teach for what the teachers are making right now because it is more than what I am making.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Fri, Sep 21, 2007, at 8:14 AM

Beautiful978, since you have a college degree, then you know to do your homework. Where did you get your information that teachers were offered a 12% increase? The truth is that SOME teachers were offered a raise at the expense of others. Being educated, you surely understand how this is unacceptable. Would you like to give up some of your pay rate so others working with you could get a raise? It's really not about money. It's about respect for all, not just some. Trust me....just like you, teachers do not go into education for the money. However, it would be nice to take home more on a paycheck, instead of less than one did five years ago. Have you any idea how much out of pocket money teachers spend for the children in their classrooms? There are teachers who take students shopping to buy them clothes to wear to school. I know of teachers who have taken students for haircuts and taken their time to shampoo the lice from their hair. I know of teachers who buy gifts to put under students Christmas trees for their students' families. Don't even pretend to convince me that teachers are money hungry no-gooders!!! Your comment about giving them more money would mean less field trips is pretty weak. The corporation allows only one field trip a year as it is, and many teachers conduct their own fund raisers for that. In closing, if you'd like to make as much money as a teacher makes, then I have one easy suggestion. Go back to school and get licensed. It shouldn't cost you too much since you already have a degree. Then, you can join the ranks and spend, spend, spend to make up for what your class doesn't have. Plus, you'll have the joy of continued education to maintain your job which will mean even more money out of your pocket! Please do your research, and then perhaps we can come to some kind of an understanding.

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Mon, Sep 24, 2007, at 7:38 PM

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