District focuses on strategic planning

by Steve Ottman
Review Correspondent

HOWARDS GROVE.The Howards Grove School District continues to focus on the future with strategic planning.

At the May monthly School Board meeting, Superintendent Chris Peterson presented an outline to have the school district achieve a vision.

Peterson discussed fundamental decisions, the future and achieving a vision. He broke this down into four themes: values, leadership, faculty/staff and community.

Peterson and a staff committee have worked together to identify themes and results with vision and mission statements.

After discussing the committee’s results, Peterson and the committee proposed three mission statement drafts and a vison draft.

The final mission draft concluded that the Howards Grove School District, rooted in genuine and supportive culture, builds a community of lifelong learners to be productive global citizens.

The final vision statement read as follows: The vision of the Howards Grove School District is to facilitate student learning in a rapidly changing world.

Through the expertise, growth, and dedication of the district staff, partnerships in the Howards Grove community and family engagement, the students will become more responsible contributing members of society, strengthening the communities in which they live.

The committee’s next steps for planning will be identifying three key areas in curriculum, climate and culture.

Peterson gave an update on the new auditorium. The seats are now supposed to arrive by May 31. Video cameras and security have been fully installed. Some students have shown great interest and talent in the lighting aspects of the auditorium.

Board officers were elected for the 2018-2019 school year. Kim Plass will continue as president, Nate Dehne vice president, Kari Bramstedt clerk, Joe Mac Donald treasurer and Janine Siemers board director.

The board accepted the letters of resignation with regret from Matt Last (supervisor of buildings and grounds) and staff members Amy Bares and Julia Leeson.

The board approved the issuance of a half-time teacher contract for third grade to Shari Lewis and a teacher contract for seventh grade to Casie Winter.

A new textbook for the new CAPPS class was presented. It will be very accessible to the students with digital access also for one year. Eleven students have signed up for the class.

Plass accepted and thanked Steve and Shari Lewis for a donation

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