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School board members to set goals during Monday afternoon meeting

August 19, 2010

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Members of the Lawrence school board on Monday will meet to discuss their goals for the coming year — a year with plans already underway for moving sixth-graders into middle schools, shifting ninth-graders into high schools and, yes, working to boost assessment scores district-wide.

“We have a lot on our plate,” Superintendent Rick Doll says.

The annual goals-setting session is set for 3:45 p.m. at the district’s service center, 110 McDonald Drive.

A year ago at this time, board members talked about embarking on an ambitious list of initiatives. Among those that made the list, and led to initiatives that remain ongoing:

• Investigate reconfiguration of schools. Board members have agreed to move sixth-graders into what Doll calls “true middle schools,” encompassing sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Ninth-graders simultaneously will be moving into high schools.

• Investigate, and possibly implement, a centralized welcome and enrollment center. Such a center — aptly named the Welcome and Enrollment Center — opened in July at 110 McDonald Drive, and already has handled enrollments for more than 600 students new to the district.

• Investigate, and possibly implement, a data warehouse system. Administrators continue to talk about buying into such a system, which would give teachers and others a chance to easily track and interpret a wide range of information in variety of formats, from each individual student to entire categories of pupils. The goal would be to improve chances for helping students learn more, and to perform better on state assessments.

Board members will be expected to come to Monday’s afternoon meeting with more ideas for the coming year, to help create an updated list of directives for the entire district to strive for.

“It’s kind of easy to adopt them,” Doll said earlier this week, reviewing existing goals with members of the district’s Equity Council. “Now we have to implement them.”

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