Quarterly Update for 2016-2017

Progress/Next Steps

Instructional Strategies
During the first semester, teachers at all six buildings have focused on learning goals, learning activities, procedures/routines, and methods to strengthen teacher-to-student and student-to-student relationships. In the second semester, that focus expanded to include analysis of text across all content areas.  The professional development session in April will provide practice with strategies related to inquiry and problem-based learning.

In-Depth Program Review
In the departments of science and health/physical education, the in-depth program reviews are almost complete. This process is designed to take a deeper look at the program structures, sequences, and opportunities. A small representation of the department vertical teams is organized by sub-committee to gain insight into potential recommendations for improvement (e.g., research/trends, exemplary programs, college/business/workforce connections, and data/information analysis). A written report will be developed by the end of April with a board presentation in May.

Standardized Assessment/Universal Screener
Earlier in the year, the committee's recommendation to implement STAR 360 and CogAT 7 was approved by the board. These universal screeners will start in 2017 - 2018 and replace several existing tests (e.g.,  AIMSweb and Fountas & Pinnell, and CDT). The three primary factors considered in the recommendation were time, stretch, and utility. Dr. Silbaugh and Dr. Davis are creating the transition plan for these assessments.

Technology Integration
Given the improvements in technology infrastructure in the past 18 months and replacement of many devices, the focus has shifted to technology integration. Staff members will have multiple opportunities to increase competency and skill in a variety of areas (e.g., curriculum resources, interactive display boards, Google Apps, Google Classroom, SAMR model, and other web resources). The Technology Leadership Council strongly believes that teacher confidence and competency is a critical next step in the effective integration of technology as a tool for student learning.

Evaluation & Performance-Based Feedback
Mr. Kenney continues to focus on the hiring, onboarding, orientation/induction, and evaluation processes. In the past month, the focused has shifted to the induction plan and "new teacher academy" component of this initiative. He has gathered feedback from recent hires about various aspects of the interview, selection, and orientation processes. The framework for a one-year new teacher academy is being finalized. It would be utilized with all new teacher hires - tenured, non-tenured, Level 1, or Level 2 - to ensure an effective transition to PRSD. An overview of this plan will be shared at the May board planning meeting.

Long-Range Budget & Capital Funding Plan
Mrs. Kirk has continued to refine the PFM long-range budget model and 2017 - 2018 general operating fund budget. At this time, a 1.97% tax increase is planned. Consensus has also been reached on the specific capital funding plan projects for next year. The long-range budget philosophy and communication plan is being refined. An update was held with supervisors at Richland Township. The Township of Pine meeting meeting will be rescheduled. The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for April 17, 2017.