OPUSD sets goals

Members of the Oak Park Unified School District Board of Education recently drafted a set of goals to guide the district for the 2000-2001 school year.

The five-member panel met for two days to finalize goals based on student needs, analysis of current work and recommendations of district educators.

Formal board adoption is slated for this month or September.

"Teaching and learning and students are obviously our most important agenda," said board member Jim Kalember. "These goals are what focus our priorities, our energy and our resources. We work more effectively together when we agree on common targets."

This year’s goals focus on (1) student support, (2) curriculum, instruction, assessment and staff development, and (3) district-supported services.

The goals also include a list of ongoing priorities that are critical to the success of students. These are to be formally adopted at the board’s Aug. 15 meeting.

Each goal is accompanied by a set of five to seven defining actions or steps that will translate goals into reality. For instance, student support includes implementation of K-12 counseling standards, remediation for students at risk of retention and continuing services for students with special needs.

The goal dealing with curriculum includes plans for a district-wide assessment plan in mathematics, reading and language arts, staff development in expanded instructional strategies and technology, and support for newly-adopted science materials.

The district support goal focuses in part on increased implementation of online services, including student information and board policies.

"These are ambitious goals but we have high likelihood and a good track record of accomplishing what we set out to do as a team," said Marilyn Lippiatt, district superintendent.

"We try to do more than talk about shared vision between board, community and educators. We really work toward common goals."