Parkland Press

Monday, November 19, 2018

School district sets goals

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by SUSAN RUMBLE Special to The Press in Local News

With the start of the 2018-19 school term, Parkland School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rod Troutman presented the board a review of district goals.

Many are ongoing; some have been completed and others are new.

He said as full-day kindergarten is now in its third year, district staff are working toward the goal of all students reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Troutman stated integration of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) will continue in kindergarten through grade 12 curricula.

The focus for the new term is integration of inquiry-based learning into all subject areas.

Troutman reported a new goal in professional development is to help instructors at the high school shift from a teacher-centered to a student-centered classroom, with a 2018-19 emphasis on the math department.

In the realm of student services, Troutman stated new goals include aggression replacement training for counselors, suicide and opioid awareness and prevention training for students and staff, and mindfulness sessions for students and staff.

Regarding school services, Troutman said a new goal is to monitor projected enrollments and be prepared if additional classroom space is needed for the 2019-20 school year.

“Next year will be a challenge in the southwestern part of the district. We are growing,” Troutman said.

Looking at human resources, Troutman said an ongoing goal is to expand the use of social media to recruit more minority staff.

He noted the district continues to address the needs that arise as a result of the diverse student population.

“This is a very big shift,” Troutman said.

He noted an ongoing goal in student services is to ensure all Parkland students have equal access to resources, including digital content, personal learning devices and Wi-Fi at home.

In the matter of safety and security, Troutman reported the district has completed a crisis communication plan and incident command structure as part of its emergency operation plan.

He said the district continues to refine its family reunification procedure which would be implemented during an emergency.

Troutman listed an ongoing goal to cover everything the district represents.

This includes every learner having full access to quality education, qualified teachers, challenging curriculum, and sufficient support for learning so they can achieve at excellent levels in academics and other student outcomes.