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Tracking the strategic plan, Grego-style



Pinellas school superintendent Mike Grego is what you might call a planner.

Since taking the helm a little more than a year ago, Grego has turned the district's strategic plan into a worksheet for district administrators. Each goal has related actions and each action has the names of the staff member or staff members responsible for making it happen. Progress is noted in two categories, either "initiate" or "ongoing." A results column will be checked off when the action is done. (Nothing is completed yet.)

The School Board will get an updated version at its work session Wednesday. So far, it looks like about half of the items have been marked "ongoing." Some examples of ongoing items: 

*The district plans to increase the percentage of 11th graders who take the PSAT to 30 percent by 2017.

*It will increase the percentage of students earning industry certifications to hit a target of 30 percent of graduating students getting certifications by 2015.

*Seventh and eighth grade students will be administered the ReadiStep assessment. 

The Grego-style approach is a bit of a change for Pinellas, which has been accused of starting plans or programs and never really completing them. What the strategic plan lacks is an explanation of where the district is currently. Grego told the Times editorial board a while back that he will eventually add that component so the public can get a clear idea of just how far off Pinellas is from reaching its goals.

[Last modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 3:00pm]


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