Coweta BOE adopts 2014-2019 strategic plan

by Celia Shortt

The Coweta County Board of Education recently adopted its strategic plan for the next five years, as its previous one had come to an end.

Dr. Julie Raschen, principal of Brooks Elementary School, worked with Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker, Curriculum Department Director Dr. Karen Barker, and other members of Coweta County School System’s administration to create a plan for 2014-2019 which support the mission and vision of the school system, as well as incorporating the upcoming flexibility options mandated by the state.

“The engagement that is imbedded in this document is at every level,” said Raschen. “This tool will take us to a level we’ve never experienced before.”

The mission of the Coweta County School System is, “Coweta committed to student success,” and its vision is “to ensure the success of each child.”

Raschen said they received feedback in all areas of the plan and were constantly going back to the stakeholders – parents, teachers, students, and community members – to gain their input and feedback.

Hearing from them was “very important,” said Raschen.

The five strategic goal areas are consistent with past goals and plans for the school system.

The first goal area – purpose and direction – is consistent with the mission, vision and beliefs of the school system. The second – governance and leadership – revolves around the board of education, superintendent, and leadership.

The third area – teaching and assessing for learning – ties directly to the College and Career Readiness Performance Index and has built-in data components. Its objectives include: ensuring student mastery of rigorous content standards, enhancing and expanding 21st century classrooms, and promoting college and career-ready students. Each of these goals is measurable.

The fourth area is resources and support systems, and the fifth is using results for continuous improvement. The intent is to see what is in place and measure what worked and what didn’t.

“This is just another tool of where we go next,” said Raschen.

Parents, teachers, students, and community members will also be able to see the progress of this new strategic plan through Eboard on the school system’s website, www.cowetaschools.org .






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