Perkins Schools' Strategic Plan Moving Forward 
Todd Boggs addresses the audience during the June 2019 Board of Education meeting.

Perkins Local Schools continue to move ahead with a strategic planning process, and have identified three key focus areas: academics, culture and climate, and facilities. The district, through its District Leadership Team, will now develop detailed goals and action steps around the three focus areas, explained Perkins Schools Superintendent Todd Boggs during the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.

The three focus areas were the product of a series of meetings by the District Leadership Team (DLT) that includes parents, teachers, staff, administrators, board members, and community members. Those meetings began in the fall of 2018 and continued through 2019. The DLT will meet again in August and throughout the 2019-2020 school year.

During the first meetings of the DLT, the attendees participated in a so-called “SWOT Analysis,” where they brainstormed and listed Perkins Schools’ Strengths, Weaknesses (or challenges), Opportunities, and Threats. What resulted were long lists of possible focus areas under the four SWOT categories.

The DLT members then in later meetings, reviewed those lists and mulled over the items, and honed in on the focus areas, said Mr. Boggs.

“The members of the DLT prioritized what mattered most,” he said. That’s when the DLT arrived at academics, culture and climate, and facilities as focus areas.

After Mr. Boggs' presentation, Board of Education member Ted Kastor said that he and other board members conducted its own SWOT analysis, and the priorities “lined up almost identical” to those by the DLT.

“We’re making progress together,” Mr. Kastor said. “This is a partnership with staff, board and administrators working together … We all have the same vision.”

Board members Nicole Hykes and Jason Dulaney attended and participated in the DLT meetings. During the meeting Wednesday, Mrs. Hykes and Mr. Dulaney each offered positive feedback for strategic process so far.

“I’m excited for our future,” Mr. Dulaney said. “We have an opportunity here.”

“It’s really exciting,” Mrs. Hykes added. “We can now set goals and move forward on them.”

The DLT will meet again in August. In the meantime, administrators will cull academic data and begin formulating the framework and action steps that can be put into the goals for three focus areas by the DLT.

In other Board action:

Literacy Coach:
Teacher Marcy Henry was approved as the district’s Literacy Coach. Mrs. Henry, who has taught for 27 years (including 20 years for Perkins Schools), will takeover the administrative position effective Aug. 1. She will assist teachers at Furry Elementary School is developing students’ reading and spelling skills. Mrs. Henry replaces Olivia Weisman, who resigned to become the Literacy and Family Engagement Consultant at the Educational Service Center of Lorain County.

Director of Student Services:
The board accepted the resignation of Lindsey Holeman as the district’s Director of Student Services. Mrs. Holeman is leaving the district to become a principal Redwood Elementary School in the Avon Lake City School District.

New Band Director: Superintendent Boggs announced that Chris Zanella will become the Instrumental Music and Band Director for the district. Mr. Zanella succeeds Justin Parker, who has resigned to pursue other opportunities. 

PHS scoreboard:
The board accepted donations of $7,500 for a John Deere Gator and $21,512 for half the cost of a new scoreboard for the Perkins High School gym. Both donations came from the Perkins Athletic Boosters. The new scoreboard is expected to be installed prior to basketball season.

Mark your calendars:
 The board a
dopted a revised calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. The new calendar has the first day of school for students Aug. 28 and the last day as June 4.

Student Handbooks:
The board approved the 2019-2020 handbooks for Furry Elementary School, Little Treasures Preschool, Meadowlawn Intermediate School, Briar Middle School, Perkins High School, Transportation, and Athletic Code of Conduct.

Posted by j_stacklin On 13 June, 2019 at 2:57 PM