2017-10-19 / Local News

Leland approves goals; include better facilities

Goals and an administrative action plan for the 2017-18 school year were adopted this week by the Leland Board of Education.

The board, with members Don McMullen and Tom Trumbull absent, voted unanimously Monday night to adopt a resolution that sets a direction for the new school year.

The goals are mostly unchanged from past years. They are maintaining a sound financial base; improving facilities “to the highest possible standards” and supporting early education programming for children from birth to 5 years of age.

The administrative action plan gives specific direction to superintendent Jason Stowe, principal Charlie Gann and other school leaders.

Among the directives included in the action plan are to:

• Improve communications channels and messaging to parents and the community.

• Maintain funding and explore options for coordinating Early Childhood playgroups and parenting communities.

• Advance the district International Baccalaureate (IB) application and continue to support IB and contest specific professional development to improve staff training.

• Present a facilities bond proposal to voters in May 2018.

Also included in the directive is the development of an administrative staffing transition plan, which was also

Stowe came to Leland as a teacher in 2000, was promoted as principal and has served as superintendent for the past seven years.

Second in command, principal Charlie Gann began teaching at Leland in 1996 and has been in his current post for the past for four or five years.

Stowe inked a four-year contract extension with the district in 2016. His current contract runs through June 30, 2020.

Gann’s contract expires next June.

Meanwhile, business manager Sandy Thomas has no intention of leaving the district anytime soon.

“I’ll continue working until they kick me out,” said Thomas, a Leland graduate who has been in the post since 1999. “I enjoy what I do. As long as I’m capable and still enjoy it, I think I’ll stick around.”

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