Carlisle School Committee reviews proposed goals
The Carlisle School Committee meets on September 11. Seated around the table (from left) are Nancy Anderson, CSC recording secretary and Assistant to the Superintendent, CSC member Eva Mostoufi, CSC Vice Chair David Model, CSC Chair Christine Lear, Superintendent Jim O’Shea, and CSC members Sara Wilson and Shannon Lavery. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)
At their September 11 meeting, the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) reviewed three sets of draft goals for the coming school year: goals for the committee itself, three goals for the Carlisle School District and five goals for Superintendent Jim O’Shea. The superintendent will be evaluated on the success of his goals and on the progress of the District Goals. The CSC also welcomed new member Shannon Lavery, who is filling the vacancy left by Melynda Gambino’s resignation.
The CSC members each suggested two or three goals, which will be reviewed and combined at the October meeting. Proposed goals include: supporting innovation and a school-wide vision; improving communication with town committees and parents; developing the budget; examining the Special Education program with the new Student Services Director Lori Bruce; supporting the three-tired approach to student support and updating the school committee’s policies and procedures.
The CSC reviewed the three District Goals, which remain the same each year:
• Provide a rich, rigorous and relevant curriculum;
• Build a community of respect and inclusion in a safe and healthy learning environment;
• Ensure equity and excellence in learning.
Each main goal contains three to seven objectives, some updated and some carried through from the previous year. New this year is a goal to develop a Visioning Committee. O’Shea explained that the new committee will be starting in the next few weeks, and interested parties will be invited to participate. According to the draft goals, the Visioning Committee will: “Work with faculty, staff and community to develop a shared understanding of the changing needs of students in 2025 and beyond.”
One of the steps in the draft plan is to develop a desired profile of a Carlisle School graduate (skills, character, qualities). A plan for implementation is to be created and shared with the school faculty, staff and community.
CSC member David Model said that he understood the origin of the new committee was based on the experience during the previous school year and efforts to restructure the middle school to reflect a reduction in enrollment. He said that one thing to look at is how to manage the future middle school population in three sections, if necessary. Currently, the 216 students in grades 6 – 8 are divided into four sections each, taught by 12 teachers, giving an approximate student/teacher ratio of 18:1. “So, how do we make the changes?” asked Model.
O’Shea said, “I will make sure that this is one of the challenges we need to confront as a Visioning Committee.”
While reviewing some of the other proposed goals, Model suggested that O’Shea add support for Tier III or Special Education explicitly to the action items. O’Shea said that he would.
O’Shea also mapped out his draft Superintendent Goals. His District Planning goal is focused on the proposed Visioning Committee. His two Student Development goals include developing a profile of a successful student, and a high level of educational curriculum consistency throughout the school. His District Improvement (also called Professional) goal is to communicate the district objectives, with a focus on the multi-tiered system of instruction.
Model said that the school committee goals should reflect some of what O’Shea has suggested for himself. CSC Chair Christine Lear suggested the CSC members meet with O’Shea separately to offer feedback on the five Superintendent goals. ∆