With reform being a key word among central services staff and school administrators, developing an improvement strategy has become its top priority. The graduation rate looms at about 55 percent, a number with which no district staff member is satisfied.
Committees were formed in January this year to seek input from district staff and community members and to identify key elements of reform, including college- and career-ready graduates, curriculum assessment and recruiting and training highly skilled teachers, among others.
The district is also in the midst of identifying specific objectives to achieve in 2010-11. Those goals touch on everything from decreasing the dropout rate by 5 percent each year beginning with the new school year to increasing full-day kindergarten sites on an annual basis. In human resources, administrators would like to increase diversity hires and attract the most qualified candidates inside and outside the district, as well as increase positive results from climate and culture surveys.
Trustees also will vote on staff applications for the Special Early Separation Incentive Plan, which would help avoid layoffs, result in salary savings and help the district achieve its objectives in its strategic plan.
The meeting is today at 4 p.m. in the district administration building’s board room at 425 E. Ninth St. in Reno.