Archive for Sunday, October 9, 2011

School board to review annual goals

October 9, 2011


Members of the Lawrence school board will consider setting a course — on paper — for their work during the coming year.

Monday night, members are scheduled to review and approve their formal list of goals for the 2011-12 school year.

The goals fall into three categories:

  • Excellence, which calls for “raising the achievement of all students.”
  • Equity, which advocates a push for “closing the achievement gap,” so students who are minorities, English-language learners, or working through special lesson plans move closer — in terms of assessment scores and other measures — to the performance of the overall student body.
  • Engagement, a category designed to develop “a learning community of school, family and community partnerships,” including an emphasis on “communication, decision making and collaboration with the community.”

District administrators would use the goals to guide their work during the year, and board members would use the list to track which administrators are responsible and what tasks are being pursued.

Board members suggested goals during a meeting in August, then reviewed a preliminary list that has since been refined into the current document.

Among other items on the agenda for Monday’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive:

  • Buy curriculum, for $1.9 million, from K12 Inc. for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at the Lawrence Virtual School.
  • Buy Math Expressions materials, for $150,127, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, for use for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The board also will consider purchasing math intervention resources “for enrichment and remediation” for $45,488, from ETA/EA/Learning Resources.
  • Hire Chaney Inc., for $106,250, to replace 11 rooftop heating and cooling units for district headquarters.
  • Hear two “overview” reports: one regarding board policies, and another involving professional development.


Kookamooka 6 years, 4 months ago

Oh dear. I hope they didn't limit their goals because they all had to start with the letter "E".

GardenMomma 6 years, 4 months ago

Oh, that's really funny!

Unfortunately, I've been told it's "almost impossible to attain an 'E,'" so why should they even try?

Maybe they should aim for 'S' instead: - Satisfactory achievement in Standards-based grading. - Special agendas in keeping or closing schools. - Sub-standard communication with parents and the community.

Windemere 6 years, 4 months ago

The "Engagement" goal would be laughable if it were not so sad. Were parents engaged in any way when decisions were made to stop giving letter grades to 4th and 5th graders and to announce the goal of rolling out standards based grading to 7th and 8th? Folks, these destructive maneuvers must be stopped so our kids are not damaged further.

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Jayhawks64 6 years, 4 months ago

Am I the only one who finds it strange that the School Board is approving goals for the 2011-2012 academic year nearly one quarter of the way through school. What happens if they don't approve the goals?

Kookamooka 6 years, 4 months ago

Lawrence is one of the slowest school districts when it comes to decision making that I've ever seen. Sit through a school board meeting in another neighboring district and it's action, action, action. Sit through one in Lawrence and they even talk slow. I sometimes wonder if they are breathing. Chip Chop Lawrence! You are falling WAY behind. And you don't have to pay a consultant a ton of money to tell you this or help you. You attract the best and brightest in the state of Kansas. Stop overpaying consultants!

Cogito_Ergo_Es 6 years, 4 months ago

"•Buy curriculum, for $1.9 million, from K12 Inc. for students in kindergarten through eighth grade at the Lawrence Virtual School"

Does LVS have enough enrolled students to offset the cost of this curriculum? And what happened to the curriculum they were using last year? What's wrong with that now? If LVS do not bring in the dollars, then I don't want Douglas County tax monies going to pay for education of students that don't even live here. That money better be spent on our kids here in our run down brick & mortar buildings. If the district's got extra dollars why don't they spend it on that 'E is for Equity' goal or hey, here's an idea, on keeping our neighborhood schools open and employing enough teachers to teach our kids.

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