George Mavroulis, who is retiring on June 30, reviewed the priorities of the superintendent as he believes the information will be useful in the search for his replacement at the Board of Education regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 4.
Mavroulis noted he has shared his goals regularly with the Board over the past three years and that the priorities should remain in place until at least 2021.
He noted the first three action steps under Plan for Growth have been completed. The fourth, establishing an internal boundary committee, will take place over the next couple of months, while his successor will have to deal with the internal boundary changes, which are expected to be finalized in November.
He briefly discussed the principal at the new elementary school. The principal will be selected this spring and start July 1. One Board member suggested getting parental involvement to avoid potential pitfalls later. Mavroulis said the District will develop a plan to get parent input but he also wants to make sure adults who participate don't assume their children will attend the new school because that process will take longer.
He reviewed the success indicators for the goal of improving student engagement. He noted B.W.P. Associates, which is handling the superintendent search, was impressed that 250 high school students took the superintendent search survey, noting it was more than any district had ever had. "Our students want to be heard,'' Mavroulis said.
He reviewed staff and adult engagement, noting a lot has taken place and is ongoing. He praised the Board for listening to staff and adding two professional development days to the 2019-20 calendar. He said the District is also working on a three-year PD plan, and will look at the teacher compensation plan in the spring in order to make it more meaningful to staff and have them be even more engaged.
Mavroulis noted the MCPASD Wellness program has increased its offerings and every PD day includes time dedicated to wellness. He also shared that the District's inaugural family engagement survey will go out in the spring, and the Board will see potential questions later this year.
He also believes that what B.W.P. Associates heard in the superintendent search survey and stakeholder interviews confirm the District is doing great things.
"The things you are emphasizing and doing are the same things the community talked about. Nothing we heard surprised us,'' Board president Bob Green said.