Belvidere School District Strategic Plan

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3 Jan 2014

The Belvidere School Board has accepted a three- to five-year strategic plan to help guide leaders through upcoming educational, financial and facility decisions.

The district’s initiatives have been placed into nine categories. Below are all the initiatives, and the bold items are part of the district’s top goals.

Dual language: expand the elementary dual language program, build interest through extra-curricular activities.

Quality teachers: Create a promotional piece to showcase the School District and community by February 2014, target district graduates for teaching positions by creating an alumni registry, work with the union to determine ways to improve teacher satisfaction/retention, expand the amount of professional developmental opportunities, seek incentives from local businesses to teachers.

Collaboration: Continue to work and communicate with other public entities, work toward building a recreational facility for the community.

Communication: Supplement electronic communications with quarterly or bi-annual printed communications, develop and distribute an annual report for the community, create an annual calendar of communications to pitch to the media and/or share with the community.

Student performance: Improve the graduation rate each year through focused student engagement, revise the curriculum to meet common core/college readiness in all academic areas, research best practices in the curriculum.

Innovation: Send the School Board, staff and administration to targeted educational opportunities to get ideas about innovative practices, develop a communication plan to share what was learned, develop a communication plan to educate community about new ideas, develop programs to promote innovation in the classroom, set aside a specific budget for innovative classroom proposals with merit, emphasize innovation during the teacher evaluation process.

Finance: Maintain financial recognition status.

College and career preparation: Develop five magnet schools by 2017, provide dual credit courses in partnership with higher education institutions, ask all teachers to incorporate 21st Century skills into the core curriculum.

Technology: See college and career preparation.

School Board members stressed that although leaders accepted these goals, officials will not necessarily pursue all of them. Members said they will not jeopardize the educational experience, safety or finances of the district and its students to achieve these initiatives.

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