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Peshtigo School Board Sets District Goals
The Peshtigo School Board approved a set of district goals for the 2016-'17 school year during a special meeting held on Wednesday, Aug. 24.
A total of seven potential district goals were drafted and brought before the board for consideration by Superintendent Kim Eparvier. They were first to commit the resources and professional development needed to establish an effective process to address student learning targets and goals through differentiated instruction, second, in grades 4K-2, 95 percent of students score proficient or higher on the PALS test by the end of the 2016-'17 academic year; third, all students in grades 3-10 increase their Forward Exam scores over those from last year in both Reading and Math. Also fourth is to educate and communicate to the general citizenry regarding the immediate and long-term facility needs associated with their middle-high school programming along with the costs, the pros, and the cons of identified options; fifth, use a multimedia approach to increase communication between the public, the Board of Education, and the Administration, students, and staff of the two school buildings; sixth, to commit the resources and professional development needed to improve teacher use of technology to help students reach learning targets and goals; and seventh, to commit the resources and professional development needed to maximize the involvement and engagement of all students through the RtI process in an effort to close the achievement gap.
The board ultimately decided to keep the first, fourth, fifth and seventh goals. The second, third and sixth goals were removed. It was decided by the board that the sixth goal could be incorporated into the first goal, and that the second and third goals were more building-specific goals than district goals.
At the behest of several board members, including Board President Gary Larsen and Steve Coble, Eparvier also drafted another goal at the meeting regarding preparing students for manufacturing jobs in the area. While not finalized, Eparvier's draft goal read as "to develop business partnerships and programming that will promote and support local workforce needs."
The board also approved hiring Jessica Ledvina as an elementary school physical education teacher and discussed a possible trip to New York for music students. Due to a lack of information provided regarding the potential New York trip, further discussion on the matter was tabled for later, provided that the teacher who brought it forward addressed all policy questions raised by the board.