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Board Column: Adopting New Goals, Increasing Transparency

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Overseeing the education and the overall school experiences of our children is an important responsibility that each member of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Board of Education takes seriously.

We each work to take a leadership role, along with the superintendent, teachers, staff and district administrators, to oversee and manage the school district’s affairs. We work to foster an inclusive environment to improve student achievement while sharing other responsibilities, including:

• Employing the superintendent;

• Developing and adopting policies, curriculum, and the budget;

• Overseeing facility issues; and

• Approving collective bargaining agreements.

We also recognize that to improve student achievement and strengthen our school district, our priorities need to include parent involvement and community partnerships. Board members want to be transparent, accessible and engage the community on many fronts, but especially on those that will directly enhance and increase student success.

The Board of Education already adopted several goals to help accomplish our district mission of enabling students to demonstrate college and career readiness by displaying strong moral character, critical thinking skills, perseverance, cultural awareness and innovation.

The following are the goals we adopted for the 2018-19 school year:

• Educate ourselves on strategic plan development, what it involves as well as the next steps.

• Create a handbook for new and existing members of the Board of Education to solidify procedures, increase consistency and help guide the board’s work.

• Increase community awareness of board initiatives by providing columns from board members to publish in the district’s reformatted newsletter.

This column is the first of those submissions in what we hope will be a new and ongoing dialogue of information sharing and increased involvement by the district’s stakeholders. Together, we will make our schools the best for all of our current students and those coming in the future.

We welcome your thoughts and ideas to assure that we are considering all of our options in making the important decisions that will positively impact student success. And remember, all Board of Education meetings are open to the public, and we encourage you to attend.

Tracy Altman is a member of the Phelps-Clifton Springs Board of Education. Find contact information for the entire Board of Education by visiting