District Goals 2019-2020
Goal 1: Continue to support the school district culture of a safe, welcoming, and inclusive climate with a strong emphasis on effective strategies that support the Dignity for All Students Act by promoting activities that encourage anti-bullying, character education, civic engagement, student leadership, family involvement, the implementation of District and School Safety Plans and the New York State Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education Framework.
Goal 2: Expand methods to improve communication with parents and community members using multiple methods to promote proactive, interactive, meaningful and multi-lingual communication. Improve the location and availability of District website resources, including teacher web presence, to provide information in a format that is more accessible to families and community members, while continuing to meet ADA requirements.
Goal 3: Continue the development and implementation of an innovative written K-12 curriculum that supports the New York State Learning Standards, aligns with District outcomes, enhances learning, creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and affirms multiple perspectives, while supporting all students, including multi-lingual learners and students with disabilities. Continue to support the successful implementation of Project Lead the Way. Focus curriculum development efforts toward district-level improvement in the areas of literacy, numeracy, and STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) to ensure that all graduating seniors have a diversity of options in competitive colleges and careers.
Goal 4: Provide all students at all levels with engaging, personalized and differentiated learning experiences. Support effective instruction with professional development and supervision. Tailor professional development to the needs of new staff, staff serving in new positions, and staff serving student populations with changing needs and strengths to provide for continued innovation and improvement.
Goal 5: Ensure that the Vision for Literacy is widely shared and implemented throughout the district as we continue to create and refine our English Language Arts curriculum. Continue to curate student work aligned with the Vision as we implement the Teachers College Units of Study (elementary) and create authentic assessments in English Language Arts (secondary).
Goal 6: Identify potential short-term and long-term Capital Improvement Projects with anticipated time lines for presentation to the Board of Education and community by completing architecture request for proposals, building conditions survey, and review of data related to capital projects from District visioning process, with all deliberate speed.
Goal 7: Conduct contract negotiations with the CS Administrators such that the agreements reflect the interests and needs of the school district, the community, and the staff.
Board of Education Goals 2019-2020
Goal 1: Continue efforts to build a climate of mutual trust within the Board of Education and among the Board, administration, faculty and staff, town and village governments, district residents and community groups. Enhance meaningful and inclusive communication through full engagement with and commitment to the visioning process, along with effective outreach to all segments of the community.
Goal 2: Continue to employ an efficient and transparent process to develop a fiscally responsible budget for the near and long term, given the economic constraints and conditions mandated by the tax levy cap, while maximizing efficiencies, promoting innovation, and maintaining or enhancing the integrity of programs and services at all the PCSD schools
Goal 3: Continue to schedule topical presentations with a focus on important educational outcomes for the benefit of the Board and community (for example, school safety planning and development, school climate initiatives, technology integration, curriculum development, student programs, etc.). Explore and develop strategies (student involvement, individualized information delivery, etc.) to cultivate public interest in and engagement with important District information.
Goal 4: Identify challenges and opportunities the district will encounter in the next five years, including declining enrollment, staff recruitment and retention, tax cap legislation, five-year capital project plan, promoting continued focus on safe school environments, positive employee labor relations, budget development and cyber security risk. The purpose of this goal is to identify the areas of focus for innovative action planning, and State-level advocacy, in order to maintain and enhance the school program.
Goal 5: Support the ongoing exploration of innovative opportunities for students to engage in a broad range of STEAM applications, in authentic 21st Century contexts, both in and outside of school.
Goal 6: Develop and implement multiple strategies to recruit and retain a highly qualified staff, including, but not limited to: proactive professional development, mentoring, and incentives.