MEDINA — Medina Schools officials will present a five-year strategic plan for growth and development to the community June 10 that addresses needs and goals in the areas of academics, communication, facilities and grounds and finance.
Superintendent Aaron Sable previewed the plan with committee leaders who worked on the individual areas Monday night at special 90-minute Board of Education meeting attended by 23 people.
Sable said the committees each met five or six times to study their individual issues.
District Treasurer David Chambers summarized at the end of the meeting what financial support would be needed for implementation.
If everything proposed were to be recommended, Chambers said, the district’s costs would increase about $1.44 million a year over the life of the plan.
The total spending per year in the district’s general fund is about $104 million, Chambers said.
The $1.44 million in new funds would translate to a property tax of an estimated 1.47 mills and would cost the owner of a $100,000 property about $4.29 a month.
The district operates under an emergency levy of 5.9 mills that expires at the end of 2018. Sable said the district is studying proposals for a levy request in 2018 but has yet to determine how much and what form it would take — renewal, continuing or additional.
Overall, Sable said, the five-year plan’s aim “is to move the district forward despite what our funding might look like down the road.
“We want to take the information and develop a priority list,” Sable said. “We want to have goals with timelines and have action plan steps.”
He said a community survey will be done in the fall to receive input.
The rollout of the plan will be at 9 a.m. June 10 at Medina Library, 210 S. Broadway St. The community is invited.
Highlights of the committees’ work:
Tina Cassidy, director of education services, said the No. 1 priority is offering free all-day kindergarten. The district has had paid-tuition kindergarten the last four years. The estimate is that five or 5½ employee positions would need to be added.
A program called “Inquiry-Based Learning” was listed second with an expense of $71,100 to $75,452 for each of four years of a salaried staff member working on its implementation.
Under the program, a review would be scheduled of elective classes available to be taken in the middle school and high school. The cost would include adding teachers for three new classes, such as foreign language. Sable said district research shows the number of students having study halls in their class schedules is “high because of a lack of electives.
The committee also recommends the district seek a strategy of “consistent grading and homework practices.”
Another addition would be recognition programs for students in their freshman, sophomore and junior years.
Finally, there would be “more emphasis on college and career planning.”
Director of Communications Amy Busby said plans would call for seeking senior citizen involvement in the district, such as through an advisory committee.
Goals would be to have information distributed monthly, meet with Rotary and Kiwanis groups, set up an email newsletter about the district, create classes for community members in subjects such as computers and art, produce “infomercials” on cable television and publicize the district through newsletters such as those distributed by the offices of the county auditor and county commissioners.
For business involvement, a tour by bus of the district could be created, along with:
- Ask the superintendent or principal a question on the district website.
- Create a Did You Know information section on the website.
- Settle on a “clear and concise” brand for the school via a logo.
Director of Business Affairs Jon Burkhart said a common theme is “energy efficiency” in buildings and a goal would be to raise awareness through communication and recycling. Another program could attempt to earn Energy Star ratings for buildings.
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