School district sets goals for 2013-14

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville school board unanimously adopted a number of goals this week, aiming to improve student performance and the district as a whole.

The four main goals for the 2013-14 school year include increasing student achievement, improving state assessments, increasing focus on literacy and being fiscally prudent while maintaining strong academic programs.

“We certainly have a full plate this year, and we have a lot already going on to address these goals,” Board President Richard Carlson said. “We are all rolling up our sleeves to get these done, and it’s going to take the continued effort of all of us.”

According to documents reviewed at the meeting, as part of the target goals to increase student achievement, the district will work this year to increase the graduation rate by 5 percent for the 2010 cohort as well as reduce districtwide discipline referrals by 10 percent.

The district will also look to improve student attendance by 2 percent and increase the median growth scores in English language arts and math for students in grades K-5.

Among the goals set by the board are improving on state assessments with the target goals to increase the scale scores for ELA and math for students in grades three through eight by 6 percent and increase the mean scale score in ELA and math for students with disabilities in grades four and eight by 5 percent.

The district is also looking to increase the English Regents proficiency for students with disabilities and the percentage of students earning college credit by 10 percent.

It also seeks to reduce course failures in the middle school and high school by 10 percent.

The district’s third goal is to increase focus on literacy with the target goals of having writing be part of the daily curriculum for all students K-5, establish a Literacy Team in the middle and high schools and to have students in grades six through 12 be taught specific literacy strategies in each subject by June 2014.

A goal of the district that will have a direct effect on the taxpayers – to balance financial and academic priorities – will be accomplished with the establishment of districtwide Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports program during the 2013-14 school year, re-designing intervention services for all students and restructuring service delivery to maximize Medicaid billing.

The district also will continue to work with BOCES and neighboring districts on shared services.

Superintendent Michael Vanyo said he will meet with administrators monthly, and the board will receive an update about halfway through the year to determine how well each overall goal is being met.