2023-2024 School Committee Priorities and Superintendent Goals
On September 14, 2023, the School Committee identified several priority areas to be addressed during the 2023-2024 school year. Superintendent Goals were developed consistent with those priority areas.
School Committee Priorities
Priority 1: School Culture and Climate
a. Continue to support the work of district staff in ensuring authentic practices and policies are in place to provide high-quality academic, personal wellness, and extra-curricular programming with equity of access for all students.
b. Work with the District Leadership Team to evaluate accessibility of existing programs and ensure equitable access for all students. Consider transition of Equity Task Force to a School Committee subcommittee (possibly labeled the “Mission Committee”) to ensure a more global perspective and encourage implementation of practices and programs that promote our core values for all students.
c. Provide the resources necessary for completion of the Equity Audit, hear a report of the auditing firm, and supporting the District Leadership Team as they develop and implement plans in response to recommendations.
Priority 2: Programming
a. Consider Program Review items proposed by the DLT and from within the School Committee to ensure continual improvement remains in focus.
b. Support the District Leadership Team as they operationalize Year Two of the Strategic Plan.
Priority 3: Resources
a. Review the District’s financial commitment to specific academic and extra-curricular programs, the impact of those programs on student experiences, and the level of support required of the community, families, and students for such programs to thrive.
b. Negotiate a fair successor collective bargaining agreement with the Yarmouth Education Association, Ed Tech unit.
Goal 1: Safe and Equitable School Culture and Climate
a. Oversee completion of an Equity Audit, providing a final report to the School Committee, Staff, and Community and developing a response to any recommendations that promote equity in our schools.
b. Oversee implementation of the Centegix Rapid Alert System and our revamped, nationally-normed crisis response plans, and provide training and organization for the District Crisis Intervention Team.
c. Support building-based administration in ensuring schools are safe places for all students by continuing our work to reduce substance use and distribution in the schools.
d. Place continued focus on Yarmouth Schools’ Mission and Core Values as decision-making guardrails to ensure commitment to the Strategic Plan at all levels of the organization.
Goal 2: Continuously improving Student Programming
a. Continue implementation of Beyond 2020 – our current Strategic Plan - by reviewing, revising (if necessary) and adopting the Action Strategies matrix proposed by the District Leadership Team (DLT) and supporting the work necessary to address Year 2 strategies (attached).
b. Address workshop requests and, with input from DLT, develop Program Review items and presentations for School Committee consideration, such as a review of academic support services and completion of in-house custodial expansion.
Goal 3: Efficient and effective use of district resources
a. Provide the School Committee with a thorough review of athletic and co-curricular programming, including identification of funding sources and allocations, student participation levels, and anticipated needs.
b. Explore potential expansion of partnerships with surrounding districts to maximize efficiency of programming and staffing.
c. Support the School Committee as they negotiate a successor collective bargaining agreement with the Yarmouth Education Association, Ed Tech unit.