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Superintendent's Column

 How District Goals Are Progressing

At the October Work Session, the Board of Education reviewed their progress toward completion of their 2012-13 Goals.  

 

• Support the development of a five year strategic plan to be adopted by Fall 2013

 

Last school year, at the June 17 BOE Monthly Business Meeting, the Strategic Planning Committee reported their findings, the priority areas identified from the Community Survey.  The Board of Education accepted the priorities at the

July 2 BOE Monthly Business Meeting. The Educational Team has been working to translate these priorities into a timetable for completion, over the next five years. The Strategic Planning Committee will be meeting on October 30 to discuss and review the timetable.  The draft outline of implementation will be presented to the Board for discussion at its Work Session on November 4 with anticipated adoption at the November 18 BOE Monthly Business Meeting. 

 

• Review existing opportunities for secondary students to engage in rigorous/advanced level courses in math and science and explore additional opportunities for consideration for the 2013-14 budget in these as well as other subject areas.

 

Introduction of a SUPA Forensics course for the 2013-14 school year

 

• Ongoing mathematics acceleration with virtually all 11th grade students taking pre-calculus during the 2013-14 school year (a significant change from just a few years ago)

 

• 87 percent passing rate on inaugural administration of the AP World History exam

 

• Further development of the 10th Grade Research Paper

 

• The offering of a stand-alone AP English 11 course, enabling more students to take AP English without needing to take the full AP Core program

 

• A course in Multi-variable Calculus course added for the very advanced students

 

• Planning underway to add AP Economics for 2014-15 school year

 

• Increased rigor of Science Research program, with program incorporated into the regular classroom schedule rather than just before or after school hours

 

• Continue to promote the emotional well-being of our students through successful implementation of the newly adopted DASA Plan

 

• District staff has been trained for the 2013-14 school year

 

• All buildings have DASA Committees 

 

• Upcoming DASA Willets/Wheatley Book Club

 

• Digital Citizenship Day offered many DASA related presentations

 

• North Side Bucket Filler Bucket Bucks and Golden Scapular Award Programs continue to grow reminding students and recognizing students for good behavior on bus lines

 

• Willets Road “New Kid” Assembly planned, Anti-Bullying banner to be signed by all teachers and students and Guidance Lessons continue to focus on character education

 

• Wheatley Adopt – A – Class is up and running where upperclassmen have been assigned to work with Grade 8 students

 

• Support the development of an in depth, updated five year facility plan to guide long range budget planning in the area of facilities and capital projects, as well as to provide specific guidance in planning for 2013-14 budget. 

The district architect, with the support of an engineer, provided a list of facility maintenance and improvement needs to the Director of School Facilities and Operations and the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee.   The Capital Facilities Advisory Committee prioritized the list for the next five years.  In May, the voters approved a Capital Reserve Fund Proposition, which was recommended by the Financial Advisory Committee. The fund was established to support funding for the identified facility needs noted above.