At the Daleville Board of Education meeting Oct. 18, Windham Elementary School Principal Chris Mitten and Daleville High School Principal Josh Robertson both presented the board with their continuous improvement plans.
In the WES plan Mitten outlined three objectives. The first objective is to provide students with learning experiences and resources that support increased student achievement. Mitten plans to achieve this goal by providing learning experiences through standards based programs, providing strategic teaching practices to increase student engagement and providing individual opportunities that support student attendance and positive behavior.
This will be measured by testing, data meetings and lesson plans.
The second objective is to provide strategic teaching practices to increase student engagement. Mitten plans to achieve this goal through effective learning environment observations throughout the school and providing curriculum and materials that support strategic teaching practices and enhancing student engagement. This will be measured by daily administrative walk-throughs, student and teacher surveys, data meetings and lesson plans.
The third objective is to provide individual opportunities that support student attendance and positive behavior. Mitten plans to achieve this goal by providing grade-level appropriate Leader in Me materials for purposeful lessons, encouraging the use of leadership binders that include attendance and behavior charts, and providing incentives. This will be measured by attendance and grade monitoring through the INOW portal, student and teacher surveys, leadership binders and lesson plans.
Robertson outlined three areas of focus: student achievement, learning experiences, and school culture. Daleville High School will provide classroom instruction to increase student achievement and growth on standardized assessments. Robertson plans to achieve this by utilizing strategic teaching strategies on a daily basis in classroom instruction, monitoring the results of formative assessments in the seventh, eighth and ninth grades and providing remediation for standards not met that are tested on the ACAP, providing enrichment for the pre-ACT, ACT plus writing and ACT work keys assessments.
For the second focus, learning experiences, DHS will provide an educational environment of high expectations to increase student engagement. Robertson plans to achieve this by providing professional development for teachers on utilizing strategic teaching strategies in their daily classroom lessons to increase student engagement and continuing participation and promotion of the A+ College Ready Program to raise the level of expectations for student academic achievement.
For the third focus, school culture, DHS will create opportunities and initiatives to increase school pride and student ownership. Robertson plans to achieve this by providing students with the opportunity to be recognized for achievements academically and socially, ensuring that each student has an adult advocate on campus, and providing character education through “Warhawk Way.”
In other business, the board accepted the lowest bid for a new bus. The bid was awarded to Transportation South in the amount of $87,285. With the purchase of this bus, all buses on regular routes will be equipped with air conditioning except one. According to Daleville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Stamps, the only bus without air conditioning is on a route that was added due to an increase in students.
The bus will be purchased in full and will not be financed.
The next meeting of the Daleville City Board of Education will be on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the Daleville City Board of Education building.