Sep 13, 2018

Dr. Briggs Presents Plan for Progress Concept at First Public Forum

Dr. Briggs presents the Plan for Progress vision

Learn more about Plan for Progress and to give the district your feedback!

The next public forum will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Pickerington Library Main Branch. In order to assist with our planning, we’re asking community members who plan to attend to RSVP. This is optional and not required to attend, but will help us gauge the number of people who will be at these meetings.

As part of the current stage of the development of Pickerington Schools’ Plan for Progress, Superintendent Chris Briggs and other members of the district’s administration hosted a community meeting at the Pickerington Public Library Sycamore Plaza Branch Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The event gave Dr. Briggs and his team a chance to explain the status of Plan for Progress, while also soliciting opinions and questions from those in attendance.

“We’ve made it a goal to go out and reach as many people as we can in the community,” the superintendent said. “We’re excited to be here.”

The district is currently in the “Research and Stakeholder Engagement” phase of developing the plan, which includes gathering feedback from the community. This will be followed by a second phase in November and February, when members of multiple committees will roll up their sleeves to develop and define initiatives, incorporating community feedback from Phase 1. Implementation of the plan will begin in March.

“The Plan for Progress will be a roadmap for the district’s future,” Dr. Briggs said. “It will be developed using input from the community – including staff, parents, community members without students in the schools, civic groups, local governments, and businesses. The Plan for Progress will provide a clear vision of where we are going, ensuring our students are ready for the challenges of today in college, the workforce, and life.”

In developing our Plan for Progress, the district has identified three primary goals:

Academic Excellence: What must we do to engage all of our students in relevant and rich learning experiences that will prepare them for career, college and life?

Efficient Operations: What can we do now to maximize resources and ensure the school district is operating efficiently?

Modern Facilities: Do our facilities reflect the environment needed to be successful in today’s world? If not, name some ways we can improve?

“First and foremost, the safety of our kids is our first priority,” Dr. Briggs explained. “But academics is very important to us. We also know that outstanding academic opportunities and a well-rounded student experiences can’t occur without great facilities and solid finances. All three of these areas play an important part in educating kids, which is why they are the three pillars of the Plan for Progress.”

Kati Mullett is an intervention specialist at Toll Gate Elementary, but she also has a child in kindergarten and another who will be going to Pickerington Schools in a few years. Having spent 13 years teaching at Pickerington, she sees Plan for Progress as a positive step for the district. She is glad to have the opportunity to give the district input.

“Having our input can help because the superintendent can’t be where we are every day,” said Mullett. “He doesn’t have young kids the same age as mine and he’s not teaching in an elementary school like I am. So, just hearing our feedback from what we’re seeing and experiencing will help.”

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