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School board adopts comprehensive goals

By NEESEY PAYNE

neesey@southwesttimes.com

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.

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3 Responses to School board adopts comprehensive goals

  1. ewfjef

    January 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Their not doing to good of a job at it.

  2. SWVA Native

    January 19, 2013 at 3:02 am

    A very well-written article, unfortunately having had received a public education myself (K-12) in the Pulaski school system – I doubt very seriously if any of the goals set forth by the Pulaski County School Board will be achieved any time soon.
    The whole of Pulaski and surrounding areas are suffering greatly economically which is very apparent to those who live in the area – we’ve all seen businesses come in and go all too often, no job security for parents willing to work hard and to provide better for innocent children – yet the School Board seems to be touting and rambling on about goals. PPPFffft!!!
    What good will an over-priced top of the line computer system designated for teaching purposes or miscellaneous do to aide in the underline suffering of area families, many of whom are on the brink of total collapse? The so-called figureheads of leadership and governing counsels need a most definite reality check – I cannot tell you how miffed I get to see the same old-school fogies in and out of the paper every week, accepting various awards for this, that, and the other for doing nothing worthwhile. The future of Pulaski is bleak, let’s be honest. But all is not lost – not yet anyway says my internal optimist. Thinking about things a bit – Could this article simply be a cover-up “shinny ball” aka distraction piece in relation to the fairly recent embezzlement scandal that occurred??? It has been quite hush-hush with not allot of publicity afterall.

  3. david

    January 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I was under the impression that there was new schools that were gonna be built, so when companies look to build a facility ( maybe something other than a burgerking or a plastic factory) here in P-town they would see what a awsome new multi million dollar school Pulaski has. Maybe the city/town counsel used their domes for once and realized ad long as P-town has conservative folks that are conservative in nature, there will be no new compies. Maybe its about time to start thinking outside the box on ways to bring revenue to the town. Pulaski is about to be dust unless something happens soon!

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