2016-10-20 / Life in Leelanau

Leland eyes ‘world class’

Goals for the 2016-17 school year and an action plan to go with them were adopted this week by the Leland Board of Education.

The School Board voted Monday night to adopt six goals, of which the first one listed was to build a “world-class” program. Others were to maintain a sound financial base; foster staff development; encourage communication among students, staff, parents and the community; provide facilities that meet the “highest possible” standard; and support early education programming.

To provide direction to Superintendent Jason Stowe, the board also adopted an administrative plan to measure progress toward goals.

The action plan directs Stowe to:

• Implement best practices for the International Baccalaureate (IB) authorization.

• Explore and develop expense reduction plans.

• Support IB and content-specific professional development to train staff.

• Maintain the district newsletter and other forms of communication.

• Develop and implement an annual survey for parents, staff and students, as well as an exit survey for parents leaving the district.

• Maintain facilities through sinking fund and technology/bus bond funds.

• Complete the Hancock Field project.

• Maintain funding and explore options for coordinating “Kindergym” and parenting communities.

• Explore more efficient heating options in elementary classrooms, improve water quality, update technology and assess building infrastructure and long-range facility planning.

In other business during the 1 1/4-hour meeting the board received a “clean” audit report for the 2015-16 school year from Brian Dykstra of Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth, an accounting firm in Traverse City.

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