School board discusses long-term goals


What does it take for a school system to make classroom learners into leaders of tomorrow?

The answer: Beginning with the end in mind.

Pulaski County School Board is doing just that, as members recently convened for a “visioning session” to discuss its long-term goals for the school system.

The board went through a series of exercises to determine where it would like to see the school system in 5 years and backtrack to the school systems current scenario.

“The idea is to visualize where we want to be and the steps we’re going to take to get there,” said Dr. Thomas Brewster, superintendent.

Brewster explained one topic discussed was the message the school system is sending to the community. He said board members questioned, “Are we doing enough to promote the things students and teachers are doing in our schools?”

Matters such as that will lead future discussions in the strategic planning process.

Brewster said each board member came up with two goals, which will be presented in the New Year for approval.

“Once the goals are presented, we will engage the community, parents, students and teachers on how to make (these goals) happen,” said Brewster.

He explained the goal setting session was a good opportunity for board members to see the “commonalities” they have in the way they envision the future of the school system.

“The pathway in pursuit of excellence is very rigid. It’s always good to know when everyone agrees with the destination,” said Brewster.




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