District Goals 2018-2019
Goal 1: Continue to support the school district culture of a safe, welcoming, and inclusive climate with a strong emphasis on effective strategies that support the Dignity for All Students Act by promoting activities that encourage anti-bullying, character education, civic engagement, student leadership, family involvement, and the implementation of District-wide School Safety Plans.
Goal 2: Expand methods to improve communication with parents and community members using multiple methods to promote proactive, interactive and meaningful communication, including the use of 21st century technologies. Improve the location and availability of District website resources to provide information in a format that is more accessible to parents and community members while meeting ADA requirements.
Goal 3: Continue the development and implementation of an innovative written K-12 curriculum that supports the New York State Learning Standards, aligns with District outcomes, enhances learning, creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and affirms multiple perspectives, while supporting all students, including multi-lingual learners and students with disabilities. Continue to support the successful implementation of Project Lead the Way. Focus curriculum development efforts toward district-level improvement in the areas of literacy, numeracy, and STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) to ensure that all graduating seniors have a diversity of options in competitive colleges and careers.
Goal 4: Provide all students at all levels with engaging, personalized and differentiated learning experiences. Support effective instruction with professional development and supervision, including new staff and those staff members serving in new positions, in order to provide continued support for innovation and improvement.
Goal 5: Ensure that the Vision for Literacy is widely shared and implemented by creating and disseminating a collection of identified and locally developed effective practices to embed the Vision of Literacy into educator practice and student learning experiences on a District-wide basis.
Goal 6: Identify potential short-term and long-term Capital Improvement Projects with anticipated time lines for presentation to the Board of Education and community.
Goal 7: Conclude contract negotiations with collective bargaining units such that the agreements reflect the interests and needs of the school district, the community, and the staff.
Board of Education Goals 2018-2019
Goal 1: Continue efforts to build a climate of mutual trust within the Board of Education and among the Board, administration, faculty and staff, town and village governments, district residents and community groups. Enhance communication throughout the District by using multiple methods of proactive, interactive and meaningful communication.
Goal 2: Continue to employ an efficient and transparent process to develop a fiscally responsible budget for the near and long term, given the economic constraints and conditions mandated by the tax levy cap, while maximizing efficiencies, promoting innovation, and maintaining or enhancing the integrity of programs and services at all the PCSD schools.
Goal 3: Continue to schedule topical presentations with a focus on important educational outcomes for the benefit of the Board and community (for example, school safety planning and development, school climate initiatives, technology integration, curriculum development, student programs, etc.). Explore and develop strategies (student involvement, individualized information delivery, etc.) to cultivate public interest in and engagement with important District information.
Goal 4: Identify challenges and opportunities the district will encounter in the next five years, including declining enrollment, tax cap legislation, five-year capital project plan, promoting continued focus on safe school environments, positive employee labor relations and budget development. The purpose of this goal is to identify the areas of focus for innovative action planning, and State-level advocacy, in order to maintain and enhance the school program.