Huntington School Board Sets Annual Goals

The 2016-17 Huntington School Board. (Darin Reed photo.)

September 06, 2016

Huntington School Board members adopted a set of eleven goals for the 2016/17 school year without a dissenting vote. Trustees took the action during their meeting on Monday, August 29 in the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School auditorium.

Trustees began discussing possible goals for the year earlier this summer. Since then the goals have been refined and streamlined. The process included a review of last year’s goals and a discussion of the progress toward reaching each of them.

During Monday night’s meeting the list of goals was projected onto a large screen for the audience to follow along as trustees and administrators discussed each item. Trustee Jennifer Hebert made a motion to adopt the goals, which was seconded by Bill Dwyer and passed in a unanimous 7-0 vote.

A copy of the goals has been posted on the district’s website. They include:

• Adopt and adapt curricular and instructional measures that will promote continued progress in overall student, building and subgroup academic performance, including graduation rates at the high school, with a focus on closing subgroup achievement gaps.
• Facilitate provision of authentic and differentiated learning experiences in classrooms at all levels.
• Maintain/expand upon STEM/STEAM opportunities and social/emotional learning experiences at all grade levels.
• Continue to implement a fiscally responsible and transparent budget process given the economic constraints and conditions resulting from the tax levy limit; maximize efficiencies while maintaining the integrity of programs and services offered at all HUFSD schools.
• Prepare a multi-year fiscal plan in alignment with the District’s multi-year capital plan that includes expenditures for major facility improvements and upgrades (e.g. building roofs).
• Further determine and evaluate strategies to maximize effective use of all district facilities, including those resulting from the investigation of energy/cost-saving initiatives.
• Further engage in infrastructure upgrades and curricular modifications that prepare students for future academic and professional experiences, as well as enhance district communications.
• Maximize home-school communication and further increase parent engagement throughout the school community.
• Maintain ongoing communication with and professional development of the District’s universal pre-kindergarten providers and investigate opportunities for the development of an in-house pre-kindergarten program.
• Work with food-service provider to evaluate and devise a plan to improve the district’s food service program in terms of student appeal and health-conscious options.
• Maintain communication with town, county, state and federal government officials in an effort to ensure that district interests are considered and addressed as initiatives are planned and/or implemented at the respective governmental levels.

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