Schalmont Advance 2018 is the culmination of a year-long
by Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas as part of her entry plan
throughout the second semester of the 2012-13 school year.
Pallas began the first phase of the process by compiling findings from research; data from local and state assessments; and conversations with numerous individuals and groups of stakeholders from throughout the community. This helped her develop an understanding of the district's strengths and areas for improvement.
The plan also takes into account changes in the educational landscape, including the district's need to accomplish the state's reform agenda in an effort to better prepare students for an increasingly competitive and global economy.
All of this information formed the basis for a draft document that was shared and discussed with faculty, staff, parents, students and community members during a series of meetings in fall 2013. Subsequently, an online survey was made available in an effort to solicit feedback from the entire community. In addition, a 12-member Strategic Plan Council was formed in November 2013 to review each goal in-depth.
As a result, nearly 200 employees, parents, students and community members reviewed, discussed and provided input on the plan, which resulted in suggestions and language changes to the final version of the plan. The Schalmont Board of Education approved the plan in March 2014.
"Thanks to your help, this document represents the collective vision of our school community, and will serve as our road map going forward," said Superintendent Dr. Carol Pallas.
Individual schools are in the process of creating their own building-specific strategic plans, in-line with the districtwide plan.
"The realization of our strategic plan will take time and effort from all of us—the school board, employees, parents, students, and community members," said Board of Education President Greg Campoli. "In order to reach our goals and give each student the best opportunities to be successful, it's very important that we work together."