2015 – 2016 District Goals

1.   Curriculum and Instruction:  To improve the academic achievement of students in all grade levels, and in all demographic categories, through the implementation of the Year 1 strategies of our Five Year Strategic Vision Plan.  There will be an expansion of horizontal and vertical curricular articulation through the use of an online curriculum portal linked to teachers’ lesson plans.  The district will expand the use of online curricular components in all academic areas, specifically by implementing electronic textbooks in chemistry, physics, and math.  The district will continue researching electronic textbooks in other academic disciplines for implementation during the 2016 – 2017 school year.

2.   Professional Development: Increase opportunities for teachers and staff to participate in relevant and meaningful professional opportunities that are driven by district and individual needs.

3.   Technology: Continue our Technology One-to-One (TOTO) program and expand the use of online curricular components in all academic areas.  This initiative will improve student achievement by integrating 21st century skills in our classrooms to make instruction more engaging, meaningful and relevant to the lives of our students.  The district will continue professional development for all faculty in the effective use of instructional technology.

4.   Leadership: Create an elementary and secondary advisory council, comprised of a variety of district stakeholders, to advise the superintendent in district educational matters.

5.   Security: Maintain a safe and secure learning environment, including physical security, facility safety and a reduction in the amount of violence, vandalism, and harassment, intimidation and bullying, through various school based positive behavior programs and initiatives.

6.   Finance: Operate the district in an efficient and effective manner, ensuring fiscal prudence and proper allocation of resources to the various educational programs.  Central Administration will continue to seek avenues to contain and/or reduce costs of all school district expenses to best represent the interests of our taxpayers, while providing quality educational programs for our students.  During the 2015 – 2016 school year, the superintendent will propose a budget for the 2016 – 2017 school year that meets, or is below, the established 2% cap.

7.   Parent/Community and Public Relations:  Cultivate a Linden Public School “Brand” by incorporating our “brand” into practices, publications, and communications, including a 2015 – 2016 district wide launch to the school year.  In an effort to increase district electronic communication to parents, the district will work to actively obtain 100 % of parent/guardian email addresses.