"As a school corporation, we set six corporation goals for the school years 2009-11," Clay Community Schools Director of Curriculum and Grants Kathy Knust said. "Each goal having one or more strategies with specific guidelines regarding who will be responsible for carrying out the strategies, resources needed, target dates for completion and the evidence of completion."
The first goal for the corporation is to meet or exceed the state and national accountability standards as a corporation and at individual schools by 2011. Some strategies include:
* Reviewing assessment data, develop benchmarks for improvement in the special education, high ability, free/reduced lunch and general student populations,
* Strengthening core instruction through curriculum mapping in math and language arts,
* Develop a comprehensive Response to Intervention (RTI) program including benchmarks and common assessments within the Kindergarten-12 grade general education setting,
* Review research-based technology programs to determine with programs are applicable and feasible,
* Increase overall daily attendance,
* Increase graduation rates at Clay City and Northview High Schools, and
* Decrease the number of out-of-school suspensions and expulsions by instituting new programs.
The second goal was to reduce negative student behaviors to increase instructional activities and time on task. The strategies to accomplish this goal include:
* Positive student behavior initiatives will continue and be expanded to include all elementary and secondary schools,
* Increase the efforts to communicate and acknowledge students by faculty and staff,
* Review research and visit other schools to explore successful positive behavioral programs,
* Establish teacher teams at Northview and Clay City Jr./Sr. High Schools composed of building administrators, general education teachers and special education teachers who will meet as needed to develop behavioral interventions,
* Provide training to all faculty and staff on appropriate techniques to de-escalate negative student behavior, and
* Identify a team composed of a building administrator and teachers who will be trained to intervene in student crisis situations.
"Goal three is effective communication among schools and community stakeholders will occur," Knust said. "Building administrators will publish monthly newsletter on issues pertinent to their building directed to parents and community. This will be posted on the Clay Community Schools' website. This is completed and will continue."
Goal four is the construction of the safety and security projects, which will be completed for all school and the bus garage. The project is ongoing.
Goal five, the financial benchmarks and standards of the school corporation will be reviewed and met, as well as goal six, to improve climate and culture at the building and school corporation level that lead to a more positive learning environment for students, faculty and staff. Both have been completed.
"I feel very positive about the work that we were able to accomplish," Knust said. "We were able to do this with the work of teachers, students, parents and administrators."
The Clay Community School Board of Trustees will be 7:30 p.m., July 8, in the media center at North Clay Middle School.