School board sets goals

LYNDEBOROUGH – During the coming school year, the board of the
Cooperative School District is looking at developing an integrated master plan, creating a “good-to-great” educational plan, and improving communications and relations with the wider community.

The board has been discussing its list of goals for some weeks and completed them at their regular meeting on June 24 at the Central School.

The integrated master plan will cover technology, facilities and grounds, maintenance, furnishings, and curriculum/instructional media.

It will contain a process of for reviewing needs, upkeep of items and areas, replacements of worn and outdated materials, additions based on changing programs and needs. The plan should also support high quality education and involve the budget committee in the process.

The educational plan includes continued realigning of the curriculum from kindergarten through grade 12, with regular presentations to the board.

College and career preparation, including solid foundation courses for college bound students, AP courses for enhanced college admission, plus STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) for career preparation.

It also will provide more information and opportunities for parents, address the needs of students who fail to meet academic expectations, explore a “practical skills” course that includes financial literacy and career exploration, and include more board/teacher conversations.

The board will continue to explore full-day kindergarten.

To improve community relations, the goals include a school presence at selectmen’s and town meetings, encouraging more community involvement by the schools, creating a positive relationship with the budget committee, and be more visible, looking for opportunities for one-on-one conversations.