By NEESEY PAYNE
Pulaski County Public Schools is saddling up to continue onward in its pursuit of becoming a world class school system. This year’s focus is on high student achievement, providing a rigorous curriculum with state of the art technology, and operating a school system that is valued and embraced by the community.
At a recent school board meeting, the board unanimously approved its comprehensive goals. With a refined vision for the future, the goals will serve as the clay that will be used to mold the school system’s strategic plan. The goals will serve as the “overall vision for the board’s work over the next few years,” said Dr. Thomas Brewster, superintendent.
“Our overreaching goal is that we’re looking toward … the best education available for our students in a way that we can help prepare them for the best life they can have after they leave our school system,” said Vice-chairman Jeff Bain.
Under the goals, Pulaski County School Board will:
• Ensure that students are provided equitable, comprehensive opportunities that promote high levels of student achievement.
• Promote student achievement by providing a rigorous curriculum delivered through quality instruction by highly qualified professionals.
• Provide quality K-12 facilities that support equitable distribution of resources and state of the art technology.
• Operate a school system that is valued and embraced by the community such that promotes increased marketability for economic development.
• Provide an educational system that promotes high quality educational opportunities in a safe, caring environment that develops healthy, productive citizens prepared for work in the 21st century global market.
• Develop a competitive compensation package that attracts and retains highly qualified professionals.
There’s no “I” in team. A win happens because of “we.” In an interview, Brewster said the involvement of students, faculty, staff and the community will help achieve the winning results the school system is after.
“These goals provide the board with the framework needed to engage the community in a conversation about the future of our school division. These community conversations with faculty, staff, parents, students, and community will assist the board with our strategic planning process,” he said.