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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Board identifies goals

  • Improving communication and developing a strategy to involve the community were among the goals identified Thursday by members of the Lansing Board of Education.
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  • Improving communication and developing a strategy to involve the community were among the goals identified Thursday by members of the Lansing Board of Education.
    Board members discussed short-term and long-term goals during a special meeting that was considered a retreat.
    Brian Jordan, director of leadership services for the Kansas Association of School Boards, led Lansing board members through a leadership seminar and helped them identify goals.
    Working in groups, board members wrote down several short-term goals for the school district. Jordan said these these should be focus areas for the next 18 to 24 months.
    Board members then ranked the goals. Improving communication received the most votes from board members. Included in the communication goal, were suggestions for developing a newsletter to be distributed once a year and communicating with the public about the budget for a high school construction project as well as a transition plan related to the new school construction.
    Developing a strategy for community involvement was ranked in second place.
    Short-term goals for improving technology and infrastructure, professional development and continuing facility planning tied for third place.
    Jordan asked board members to use the same process to come up with long-term goals. He said these should be focus areas for the next three to five years.
    Board members were asked to come up with a fewer number of long-term goals. And after the goals were ranked, there was a tie for first place. One of the top goals concerned providing one-to-one technology for students and embedding technology usage in the school district.
    The other top long-term goal calls for expanding curriculum opportunities particularly in the area of vocational education.
    Jordan said he will create documents with the identified goals that members of the school district's administration can use to add information such as action plans.
    The goals were named after Jordan had asked board members to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the district.
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