By adopting five general goals for the Tooele County School District, the board of directors set the tone for the new school year and gave their new superintendent some broad marching orders at their Aug. 6 meeting.
“These goals are designed to be general in nature,” said Scott Rogers, Tooele County School District Superintendent, who requested that the board adopt goals. “With the goals, the board has determined our destination. It is up to the staff now to chart our course.”
The first goal is to increase instructional intensity and student engagement using excellence in teaching, authentic assessment, Utah Core Standards, Professional Learning Communities, Continuous School Improvement, Response To Intervention, and 21st Century Classroom Technology to significantly increase academic growth and achievement for all students.
This goal includes significantly increasing student academic achievement, growth, and learning opportunities in Mathematics and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and earning an “A” on state grading scores and above state average on the Utah Comprehensive Assessment System at all schools.
The second goal is to transform communication, customer service, and relationship expectations by collaboration with all stakeholders including parents, students, staff, and community.
Goal three is to promote safety, security, and a positive learning environment/school climate, considering the “whole child” at all district facilities and during all district activities.
The fourth goal calls for stability, accountability, and transparency in all fiscal operations and an improvement in general district operations.
The fifth and final goal is to support highly effective teachers and principals through enhanced efforts in recruitment, professional development, evaluation, employee compensation, and retention.
“We will be thinking about these five goals as we make decisions throughout the year,” said Rogers.
The board adopted goals to provide general direction for the district while Rogers plans to meet with teachers, staff, parents, and community members to develop specific plans on how to reach the goals.
“We need input from all groups as we develop a strategic or academic plan that has specific measurable objectives,” he said.
Rogers anticipates that goal setting will become an annual process. He will make a report to the board on progress towards the goals at the end of each year.
“At that time the board will reevaluate the goals and make any changes or tweaks in the goals,” he added.