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The Willow Run Board of Education was presented the 2009-2014 strategic plan, Thursday.
After the presentation the board expressed a need to know 'how' the plan would be implemented, stating the presentation was lacking in detail.
“I just want to know how you are going to do the things you are listing,” Trustee Joi Jeson said at Thursday evening's board meeting. “It is the entire presentation, I just want to know how.”
The report, organized by the strategic plans commission, outlined a number of critical changes aimed at improving the district, increasing enrollment, improving safety and maintaining a stronger budget.
“As far as project plans go this still is an outline of objectives, activities and success indicators,” said Board President Sheri Washington.
As an example, Washington used a section of the plan directed at improving technology in the class room. According to the presentation, students who have access to technology preform better then students who do not. Washington asked superintendent Dr. Doris Hope-Jackson how success would be measured.
“The administrators do review the lesson plans...to see how many teachers are using the technology and as our children improve their test scores we will be looking closely at those,” Dr. Jackson said.
“We need to look at how we can share that level of technology with every building and every classroom,” Washington said. “We have impacted the success and potential success of student achievement because we've removed the use of technology.”
At the middle school level there is one laptop per student. However, the high schools are lacking such technology. Student Joseph Jordan, a junior at Willow Run High School, expressed his concern regarding technology during citizen comments, having gone to the middle school and now the high school.
“I think [technology] would increase the MEAP scores and all of that because the MEAP is basically being able to read a lot,"Jordan said. "If your on the computer you have to read a lot.”
Another plan objective called to question by the board involved the building of trust between all stakeholders. Washington called this a very important objective saying, “It's the 'how' that we need to make sure we have some sound knowledge behind and a whole lot of accountability to be sure we are reaching these objectives.”
According to the budget portion of the plan, the district will have a positive fund balance in 5 years reaching an operating surpluses in just six months. Jackson said the board will receive addition information to clarify the strategic plan.