Priorities identified by school district
Get a set of priorities established for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District – that’s what independent facilitator Dennis Crabb was hired to do.
“We need to get beyond the priorities of the salary scope and come up with the five most important things the district needs to do in the next year,” Crabb said to audience members at the June 22 school board meeting.
To make it happen, Crabb split the participants, who volunteered for the job, into five groups and had them present their most important issues. In the end, all issues were voted on by the participating audience members and the most popular issues advanced to the priorities list.
The five priorities set for the district’s attention include:
n District unity: develop trust within the district, settle the teachers’ contract issue, promote tolerance throughout.
n Communication: community and student involvement.
n Accountability: higher student expectations and improved graduates.
n Student achievement: higher academic standards and consistent curriculum.
n Safety and security issues.
With the priorities in order, audience members – made up of parents, teachers and administrators – formed committees to address the issues during the next year.
The program, dubbed Kids 2000 by the school district, is a way to get more people involved in the district’s direction.
“This is an extremely effective plan,” Crabb said. “And it grows more effective as more people get involved.”
Superintendent Rich Alexander agreed.
“It’s good to have someone from the outside because they can offer an objective viewpoint,” he said.
Crabb said that anyone who missed the June 22 meeting can get involved by contacting the district office.
“We can easily work people into the groups,” he said.
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