Thursday, August 15, 2013
In a relatively brief meeting, Superintendent of Schools Joe Pye presented the Dorchester District Two Board of Trustees with a truncated version of the district’s goals for the 2013-2014 school year Monday.
He reported that the district had three goals and 16 objectives within those goals with hundreds of strategies for reaching those objectives.
Goals are to “develop, implement and monitor an innovative curriculum that promotes personalized learning and continuous academic improvement while supporting the 21st century learner;” to “provide the human, financial and physical resources and services necessary;” and “maintain a safe and nurturing environment that is conducive to learning and working, facilitates optimal…performance and promotes communication….”
He also announced that the district was approved by the Education Oversight Committee to use an innovative assessment system – ACT – instead of the one of the federally mandated assessments. The next step is for the state Department of Education to request a waiver from the federal government.
Camilla Lovell gave a Power Point explanation of the federal grade (A), PASS and HSAP scores.
Pye applauded Lovell and Debi Gilliam for their work with the countless pages of data received from the state.
“We have the best data department in the country!”
Pye went on to note that they have “unofficially” calculated the district graduation rate for the coming year at 81 percent. He pointed out that just a few years ago it was 64 percent. He said they would persevere until it was 100 percent.
Sam Clark spoke up informing the public that although the district would never say anything, the graduation rate will not reach 100 percent because the district accepts students who are profoundly handicapped from the Coastal Regional Center and those students are counted in the graduation percentages.
Jennifer Fusco told the board that the teachers’ goals this year were to expand new teacher mentoring, teacher advocacy and recognition of outstanding teachers.
Linda Ensor, once again, railed against Common Core and, specifically, criticized Kevin Baird, chairman, Center for College and Career Readiness who was one of the invited speakers at a recent board workshop. She ended her diatribe suggesting that the only reason the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated millions to Common Core was because Microsoft stood to make millions selling its software to school districts.