From the Superintendent's Desk
By Superintendent Leonard P. Lueck
Mid-Year Update on the School District of Brodhead’s 2016-2017 Goals
At the beginning of every new school year the Brodhead School Board identifies goals that they would like to accomplish for that school year. This year the Board identified three goals. The first goal was to continue to implement the five-year Strategic Plan. Three years ago the School District developed a five-year Strategic Plan. By the end of the 2015-16 school year, about 65% of the Plan had been completed or was in progress. The five areas that this Plan addressed were Buildings and Grounds, Curriculum, Finance, School Safety, and Technology.
In the area of Buildings and Grounds, there have been several items addressed. The Elementary School has had a new serving counter installed, repaired a large cooler, and all plumbing cross-connection issues have been addressed. The Middle School has had new boilers installed over the summer, a new oven installed, new LED lights, and the cross-connection work is in progress. The High School will also have work done on the cross-connection issues, new LED lighting in parts of the building, and a new DVR for the camera system.
In the area of Curriculum, the Elementary School has implemented a new behavioral system called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and the Middle School will be implementing this program next year. The new State mandated Academic and Career Plan is in progress. District report cards were presented to the Board and Administrators are currently looking at school data and developing a plan for future growth. Staff have also been concentrating on Technology throughout the school year.
In the area of Finance, a Compensation Committee had been formed and has met once. There will be a second meeting in February. We continue to research a possible switch to a Health Savings Account for benefits. The District audit has been completed and an actuarial study is under way.
In the area of School Safety, The SAEBRES information has been collected and the staff is reviewing the findings. A new Crime Stoppers text line has been set up. Another Safety Committee meeting will take place February 8th.
In the area of Technology, new fiber lines have been set up between buildings and the entire District system has been switched over to fiber. The focus for the District staff this year has been Technology. All training and Inservices have centered on Technology. Several grants have been written to improve Technology and the District’s infrastructure. New switches and servers have been installed or updated. A new IPad management system has been put in place and new computers have been added.
The second goal was to increase academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular achievement in all areas through rigorous and balanced opportunities. Our Elementary School has implemented PBIS and continues to focus on standards. Our Middle School has implemented a social skills curriculum and increased use of Technology. The High School has implemented a peer tutoring program and a new student organization titled “Youth 2 Youth”. They have also added a new course titled Medical Terminology and revised the GED program.
Finally, the third goal was to research and explore an alternative compensation model. A committee has been developed and has met once. The second meeting was canceled and is in the process of being rescheduled.