Grego tells parents about his five "action goals"
Superintendent Mike Grego has been making the rounds to present his five "action goals" to parents throughout Pinellas County.
He went to Gibbs High last Monday to meet with parents involved in groups like SAC, the PTA and the PTSA. Last Tuesday, he spoke to a combined PTA meeting for Curtis Fundamental Elementary and Tarpon Springs Fundamental Elementary. The event was held at Dunedin High School and attracted about 650 people, according to the district.
This week, Grego's schedule has him at the PTA meeting on Tuesday at Clearwater Fundamental School. He also has about four hours scheduled for school visits. (He's been visiting schools since he started about six months ago.)
His action goals, which are linked to the district's strategic plan, are as follows:
1. Increase student achievement, resulting in improvements for every school (A, B, C grade), learning gains, higher promotional and graduation rates. (There are 22 subgoals and two "stretch" goals within the category.)
2. Ensure curriculum, instruction, and assessment is designed and delivered with a focus on continuous improvement of student engagement and academic achievement. (There are 19 subgoals.)
3. Develop and sustain a healthy, respectful, caring, safe learning environment for students, faculty, staff and community resulting in individual employee learning, student achievement and overall school improvement. (There are 20 subgoals.)
4. Develop and sustain effective and efficient use of all resources for improved student achievement and fiscal responsibility. (There are 15 subgoals.)
5. Provide quality technology and business services to optimize operations, communications and academic results. (There are 11 subgoals.)
Within the five overarching goals are a variety of interesting items that hint at some of the problems Grego has identified within the school system. (Or just general ideas of his own.)
For instance, one subgoal is to update district assessments to reflect the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards - which have been in place since 2007, according to the state - and the soon-to-come Common Core State Standards. Another item says to monitor Read 180 to make sure that it's being "implemented as designed." Another says to ensure that there's "appropriate reading instruction" in all schools, particularly struggling schools.
Other goals include starting a fitness program for employees and raising all school grades to a C or above. (That last one is a stretch goal.)