Archive for Wednesday, February 5, 1992


February 5, 1992


Promoting greater parental involvement in education and being responsive to committee recommendations on facilities and technology are two short-term goals of Lawrence school board members.

During a follow-up to a study session held last week, the board Tuesday night had a preliminary discussion of school district goals for the 1992-93 school year. The board will formally adopt a set of goals later.

Board member Tom Murray said he wanted to see efforts on the part of the district to get parents more involved in their children's education.

"This is just a critical thing," Murray said, adding that "it's a big, broad policy issue that doesn't include much of a budget implication."

During an earlier discussion of the district's reading curriculum, Murray said he was particularly concerned about children's reading habits.

"What can we do as a school district to get with the parents . . . and get people to understand the deleterious effects that all that television watching has?" Murray said.

Board member Harriet Shaffer said the district should look into starting a Parents as Teachers program, in which educators work directly with parents. Shaffer said some state funds should be available to help the district start a program.

Board President Mary Loveland said the board should respond to the recommendations of three district panels: the Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education, the Elementary School Facility Task Force and the Technology Committee.

The Commission on Mid-Level and High School Education, which has been meeting the longest, has set April 1 as a target date for recommending a long-term solution for secondary school space needs.

Board Vice President Barbara Ballard said the district should ensure that students are learning about the importance of diversity. Loveland said that goal fits in well with a recent recommendation of the Exit Outcomes Task Force that students develop an "appreciation for a multicultural society."

The board also approved a timeline for developing curriculum and student assessment procedures. The timeline, which runs through 1995, will keep the district on line with Quality Performance Accreditation, the state's new program for accrediting schools.

Lawrence School Supt. Dan Neuenswander said that before the board approves its goals, district administrators will provide estimates of some costs involved in attaining those goals.

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