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County schools planning to evaluate goals, strategy

November 4, 2012

By STEVEN NALLEY
educ@starkvilledailynews.com

Oktibbeha County School District Conservator Jayne Sargent plans to revisit the district’s goals and strategic plan in a future meeting, but that item does not appear on an agenda for the OCSD’s noon Monday at the district’s offices.

The agenda does list a report on academics from Sargent and several personnel items on the consent agenda, including a request for status change, a change in job title, a request to resend a recommendation and a recommendation to employ personnel.

On Tuesday, Sargent said she was holding internal meetings with staff each Thursday to reformulate the district’s vision statement, mission statement, motto and goals. It was previously thought the district had no written goals, she said, but another staff member was recently able to locate them on the district’s website.

“They needed to be adjusted, and really, in any district they need to be looked at (periodically),” Sargent said. “It gives us something to work from. You cannot (operate without) a plan. It’s the (Stephen R.) Covey thought of beginning with the end in mind.”

Sargent said one of the goals she wants to see for the district is developing a staff of capable, competent, knowledgeable professionals. That goal, she said, works in service to the largest goal of all.

“The ultimate goal for this school district right now is regaining accreditation, regaining our status, and being sure all the accreditation standards are met,” Sargent said.

The OCSD released its agenda at the end of office hours Friday, but Sargent issued a written statement earlier in the day outlining ideas for the vision statement, mission statement, motto and goals.

“Our vision is to become a highly rated school district that graduates compassionate, productive citizens who are knowledgeable and prepared to be successful in a global society,” the statement says. “Our mission, in partnership with parents and the community, is to is to provide every student with a quality education.”

The statement retains the same motto the OCSD had before the state took over: “To inspire excellence in every child, every day.” The goals the statement lists include regaining state accreditation, improving academic performance and achievement and maintaining fiscal stability.

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