MASSENA — The 2021-22 school year has just ended, but Massena Central School District officials are already focused on next year and beyond.
Superintendent Patrick H. Brady provided school board members with the latest information on the district’s strategic plan, which covers the period 2022-2025.
Mr Brady said the district strategic planning team met on May 10 and building level committees met between May 10 and 12 to plan with a representative from the district consultant, Prism Decision Systems LLC, Binghamton.
The superintendent said the district has a rolling three-year plan that focuses on several metrics. These include graduation, student success in Regents exams and state assessments in grades three through eight, dropout rates, and the increase in the number of students who graduate. Advanced Regents and Biliteracy Seal.
The Biliteracy Seal is an award given by a school, school district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and mastered two or more languages upon graduation from high school.
“You can see in the plan that there are a lot of parameters that we’re trying to aspire to,” Brady said.
He said areas of focus include providing a safe and effective learning environment for students and staff and implementing the district-wide comprehensive improvement plan to increase dropout rates. graduation rates, reduce dropout rates and improve student attendance.
The focus also includes providing resources to address the mental health, trauma, and social-emotional needs of students and staff; fostering a positive school environment that values diversity and awareness and celebrates achievement; and trying to use student data to evaluate and improve the district’s Academic Intervention Services program.
“You can see a mixture of academic and socio-emotional goals in it. Those goals will be taken to the building level and they’ll be turned into action plans to improve in those areas, and they’re working on that,” Brady said.
They will also be used when Trustees hold a retreat this summer.
“We will put these plans into objectives and bring them back to the next board meeting in August for your review. It’s a work in progress,” he said.