The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education has approved its top 10 priorities for the 2014-15 school year.
The board sets these goals at the beginning of each school year. Reviewing and updating curriculum is always a top priority; however, this year the district also will make industrial technology and physical education top priorities.
Completing construction of the new transition center, recently named Mike Clemens Center for Adaptive Learning, as well as the new elementary school in Flint Hill also is a top priority for the district.
The district also has plans to develop a pilot preschool program to be open for students in the 2015-16 school year. Current preschool-age students in the FZSD are utilizing United Services because the district does not currently have the space for a preschool program.
Another top priority will be to continue to monitor the budget and increase revenue when possible.
“We’re in a precarious situation,” said Superintendent Dr. Bernie DuBray. “We’re OK right now, but I think we need to be a little concerned.”
The district will need the help of voters for one of its priorities – to pass a major bond issue in April 2015. Monies from the bond issue will be used to take care of building repairs, renovations and construction projects. The last bond issue, passed in 2013 for $15 million, has been used to maintain and repair district buildings.
The remaining priorities revolve around the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Program. CSIP priorities include continuing to provide and maintain appropriate instruction resources, as well as developing and enhancing quality education instruction programs to improve student achievement. Recruiting and retaining high quality teachers and staff will continue as well.