Director of Schools Bobby Cox held a workshop reviewing the school system’s 2012-15 strategic plan with members of the Warren County Commission.
The mission of the plan states, “The Warren County School System will operate as one team to accomplish one goal – high levels of learning for all which assures each student attains her/ his greatest potential.”
The plan lists five priority areas which are:
• Building/ Grounds and Energy
• Central Office Program Directors and Organization
• Community Stakeholders and Involvement
Priority 1: Academics and academic improvement calls for an increase in the percentage of students who are proficient or advanced in third grade reading and seventh grade math by 4 percent annually.
The system hopes to improve ACT scores by 1 point per content area (English, math, reading and science) annually as scores reach or exceed the national benchmarks.
According to Cox, Warren County’s average ACT score is 18. The state average is 21 or 22. An ACT prep course will be offered at high school this year to help students improve their scores.
The strategy also calls for an increase in the graduation rate by 1 percent annually with students exiting WCHS prepared for college or a career.
Warren County’s graduation rate was 87.2 percent for 2012 for students with a regular diploma who graduate within five years. The graduation rate increased to 95-98 percent when students who received certificate of attendances, GEDs and special ed diplomas were included.
The state graduation goal is 90 percent. Cox said Warren County’s goal is 100 percent.
Cox said 60-70 percent of jobs today need post-secondary training.
Priority 2: Athletics includes improving and developing a high quality athletic program for Warren County Schools. This includes an improvement in feeder programs and communication with high school programs. The goal is to have more student involvement. High school coaches will be offering free clinics and will become involved with coaches in the community.
Basketball programs for fifth-graders will begin in the city’s elementary schools, Bobby Ray, Hickory Creek and West.
Cox said, “Every game the high school football team plays is an away game because they play at Nunley Stadium which is at the middle school instead of the high school.”
Because of that fact, “Down the road the plans call for building state-of-the-art training facilities,” said Cox. The facilities cost approximately $500,000 each to construct, so building them will be in the distant future.
Other sports will also be added to the athletic program such as archery.
Priority 3: This includes implementing a two-year rewiring project in order to be ready for online testing in two years.
According to the plan, “All facilities shall be maintained in a safe, secure, comfortable and clean environment for instruction and administration. To provide a building program which protects the taxpayers investment in facilities and ensure their continued use.”
Some improvements projected for the 2012-13 school year are new bathroom stalls and lock down ADA door knobs at the middle school. Electrical and technology upgrades are planned for Bobby Ray, WCMS and West. Plumbing upgrades are planned for Bobby Ray and WCMS. Interior and exterior lighting and energy and safety programs are planned system-wide.
Priority 4: Development of a new organizational chart and system that will ensure support to all schools and students in the system.
Experienced teachers will work with non-experienced teachers. The central office should also be a support structure for all involved.
Priority 5: Provide opportunities to the community to allow for input, involvement and to expand communication with parents and community stakeholders.
The school system can also be accessed by these Internet sites:
• www.twitter.com/ wcschoolsystem.