Roselle Park School Superintendent Pedro Garrido presented the Roselle Park School District (RPSD) Strategic Plan for 2014-2017 at the May 21st Board Of Education (BOE) meeting which was held at the Robert Gordon School. The plan was months in the making and involved a committee comprised of over 20 members of the community along with teachers and school administrators.
The 17-panel presentation gave an overview of the four major goals the district plans to address for the next three years:
- Teaching and Learning
- Student Support
- Professional Development
- Infrastructure Needs
Each goal had objectives attached to provide a timeline of benchmarks to be met along with the parties that will be responsible for the implementation.
Full-Day Kindergarten, which was recently passed by the BOE along with the necessary funding to start the 2014 school year, was one of the objectives in the first goal of the Strategic Plan. Implementing Advanced Placement programs such as STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) along with incorporating interactive technology were other goals and concentrating on enhancing Arts programs were other goals of the “Teaching and Learning” goal.
Student Support addressed improving PSAT/SAT/PARCC results through test preparation, providing more services to at?risk students, and raising awareness of civic responsibility were among goals for “Student Support”.
Training on ever-changing technology and Common Core and PARCC testing were aspects discussed in “Professional Development”.
The district’s infrastructure, including food services and improved communication with the Community rounded out the final goal of the district.
This Strategic Plan is a clear break from previous ones completed by the school district – the most recent previous plan was not even able to be located for reference – as Mr. Garrido publicly reached out for input not only from school personnel and staff but also from parents and members of the community. The Strategic Plan Committee met several times over the school year in the evenings to workshop and research each aspect of the plan.
The 2014-17 RPSD Strategic Plan will be discussed and voted on by the BOE at the June 10th meeting which is scheduled to be held at the Roselle Park High School (RPHS) at 7 in the evening.
A copy of the plan is available below for viewing/printing/downloading: