Superintendent Goals 2018-2019
The Pennsylvania School Code provides as follows: The Superintendent shall be the chief administrative officer and chief instructional officer of the Board of Education and the School District, and shall be responsible for the execution of all actions of the Board, the administration and operation of the public school system subject to the policies of the Board, and the supervision of all matters pertaining to instruction in all the schools under the direction of the Board. The Superintendent’s goals will be aligned to the District’s mission: “to provide the best education possible for each and every student.”
Goal 1 - Academics and Instruction: The Superintendent will use multiple sources to assess student success and growth as appropriate, specific to needs within the District and as determined annually in collaboration with the Board. Annual or other District performance objectives are articulated and clearly achieved under the direction of the Superintendent relative to achievement and growth on state measurements and assessments including but not limited to, for example, School Performance Profile, PSSA, PVAAS, Keystone Exam and other locally determined measures.
- Monitor and evaluate the impact of the actions from the high school academic subgroup tercile study and if necessary determine additional intervention strategies
- Provide resources to all students to support and improve their performance on the SAT/ACT
- Review the District's gifted program and screening process and make refinements as necessary
- Review and refine the methods, resources, and assessments supporting the elementary and middle school mathematics program
Goal 2 - Inclusive Environment: The Superintendent will provide a safe, respectful and welcoming learning environment that fosters a climate of support and respect and instills a sense of community among its students, families and staff.
- Provide training and resources to assist all faculty in their understanding of how to appropriately utilize Universal Design for Learning as a framework for thinking about teaching and learning for all students
- Update and refine Olweus curriculum for elementary and middle schools
- Establish a special education parent committee to focus on outreach and communication
- Initiate a "Connections Club" at the High School to support new students
- Complete the process for the Anti-Defamation League’s “No Place for Hate” school designation program at each school
- Review literature selections within the Secondary English Department to ensure a range of representation
Goal 3 - Safety & Security: The Superintendent will work to provide a school environment for staff, teachers, students and families that are inviting, accessible, safe and secure.
- Conduct an ALiCE drill at all schools
- Continue regular ALiCE training for students and adults
- Promote the Student Protect app and develop benchmark data
- Monitor implementation and evaluate the impact of the School Resource Officer at the High School
- Establish and hold quarterly meetings of a Community/District Safety, Security, and Mental Well-Being Committee
- Research school safety and security coordinator role and appoint permanent coordinator
- Research and apply for potential state grants for school security
- Create, train, and implement a District-wide Threat Assessment Team to respond to incidents
Goal 4 - Innovation: The Superintendent will create a culture that encourages risk-taking, creative thinking and problem-solving, and advances the District's mission and the success of students.
- Complete Constituent Driven Strategic Plan
- Offer an Artificial Intelligence competitive grant to teachers in grades 6-12 that requires collaboration with relevant community partners
- Apply for Middle States Association School of Distinction Program, High School
- Apply for Schools to Watch recognition for Mellon Middle School
Goal 5 - Social and Emotional Learning: The Superintendent will foster a thriving and compassionate community of students and adults whose performance and well-being are fostered by an intentional focus on evidence-based Social and Emotional Learning.
- Build further capacity for SEL through the District SEL Committee including regular meetings and present progress at a school board meeting
- Present strategies to students and staff to assist with stress and anxiety (Mindfulness) and evaluate impact
- Offer a one-day education conference "Building Compassionate Learning Communities" in partnership with the Grable Foundation and University of Pittsburgh
- Create (3) elementary Student Assistance Teams
- Present education programs to assist parents in supporting their children to be successful students
- Provide training for all staff regarding mental health and well-being (applicable to students and adults)
- Make well-being resources available for students and staff (e.g. apps, texts, teaching material)
The Assistant Superintendents share the same goals and focus areas.