Board reviews goals with Monogue

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Superintendent Dana Monogue led a discussion with the Board of Education regarding their current goals and what changes might be made going forward at the regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.

Monogue noted the goals haven't been adjusted since the start of 2018-19 school year. She shared that the District is working on its goals and suggested the Board may want to use any revisions made to those goals as a way to address their own goals.  

Monogue noted the data related to student achievement goals, particularly for certain sub-groups, hasn't improved over the past couple of years and said the District is reviewing everything it is doing and planning to put more systems in place to evaluate if programs and initiatives are truly making a difference. Todd Smith and Annette Ashley stressed the Board's academic goal must come before the other goals.  

The Board's second goal is related to student engagement. Monogue noted the District just received its 2019 Gallup hope and engagement survey results for students in grades 5-12. Students took the survey in the fall. She believes MCPASD's results are probably in the 90th percentile of schools in the United States, but she is checking with Gallup. Monogue was particularly happy with the increases in engagement shown by African-American students. The Board asked if it could get a breakdown of extracurricular participation by sub-groups as part of the next report on clubs, athletics and activities.  

The Board's third goal focuses on enhanced engagement of educators and all stakeholders. Monogue noted the School Board's listening sessions with staff have received lots of positive feedback. The District surveys staff annually and the wellness activities are also extremely popular. The Board requested learning more about what staff want and need in an effort to increase trust and transparency.  

The Board's fourth goal is focused on ensuring the District has the facilities and resources to meet expected growth and change. Monogue thought the successful 2018 referendum questions and the recent boundary process were examples of this. She was particularly impressed by the amount of engagement that occurred. She is, however, worried about how much capacity her team has to take on additional duties.    

The Board's final goal is related making sure its polices are aligned to what the District is doing. Monogue noted she has worked in other districts that MCPASD's policy governance approach works very well. Board president Bob Green reminded everyone policy governance only works if a board has confidence in administration, which is the case here. Smith asked administration to make recommendations they think would help the Board.

In other news from Monday's meeting:   
  * The Board approved the transportation vehicle replacement plan for 2020-21.
Transportation Services coordinator Jeff Fedler had recommended that five large regular buses, one of which has a lift, and one suburban vehicle be purchased. Five buses and one Suburban were recommended for disposal. Bids will be solicited with an expected delivery date after July 1. Assistant Superintendent of Operations Lori Ames provided an overview on the transportation plan at the Finance Committee meeting.