Superintendent Tim O. Mains presented a draft of the Jamestown Public Schools’ 2014-19 Strategic Plan to the Board of Education at its August 5th meeting. The Board of Education will have the opportunity to provide input on the plan prior to adopting it at a future meeting.
The 2014-19 JPS Strategic Plan was developed as part of Superintendent Mains’ Entry Plan. In the entry plan, he initiated a process with the local community to lay the framework for a comprehensive strategic plan to improve student achievement and ensure district sustainability. Over 140 local community members (parents/students, JPS staff, non-profits and foundations, local businesses and colleges) served on eight committees focusing on: rigorous academics, closing gaps in student achievement, social/emotional development, accountability/metrics, parent/community engagement, technology, extracurricular activities, and communications/public relations.
“We are so thankful to both the community members and staff who volunteered their time and talents to help build the strategic plan,” said Superintendent Mains. “I am overwhelmed by the commitment and dedication of every committee and its members. By donating their time and talents, these volunteers transformed the strategic plan from a concept to reality. The efforts of our eight committees have provided a path for our district over the next five years.”
The JPS Strategic Plan embodies the district’s vision of “every child learning every day” – ensuring that JPS delivers on its promise of equitable access and opportunity. As the priorities in the plan are implemented over the next five years, JPS will maintain its promise to provide a high-quality education for every child – no matter their ability, where they live, or their background. The plan lays out the key goals, strategies and action plans that will mobilize the district to achieve its mission – that students are provided a high-quality, 21st century learning experiences within and beyond the classroom, to prepare JPS graduates to excel in college, career and life. The four goal areas included in the 2014-19 Strategic Plan are:
1. Ensuring academic excellence and equity for every student,
2. Creating a safe, engaging and nurturing school environment, in and outside the classroom, rich with opportunities that develop the whole child,
3. Improving communications and deepen engagement for both families and the broader community and;
4. Implementing operational standards and practices that improve and support student success.
“The strategic plan does not address everything that we need to do as a district but focuses on the areas that I have heard from the community that we need to improve,” said Superintendent Mains. “I am confident that the plan represents a community consensus on the direction for the district through 2019.”
A special thanks to the co-chairs of the strategic planning committees:
• Rigorous Academics: Dr. Marilyn Zagora, JCC Vice President of Academic Affairs and Jessie Joy, JPS Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment
• Closing the Gaps in Student Achievement: Max Martin, Eastside YMCA Branch Manager and Tina Sandstrom, JPS Director of Schools
• Parent/Community Engagement: Jay Baehr, Youth Pastor, Zion Covenant Church, and Julie Poppleton, Director of Family Engagement & After School Programs
• Extracurricular Opportunities: Shane Hawkins, Director, Infinity Visual & Performing Arts and Ben Drake, JPS Athletic Director/Coordinator of Physical Education, Health & FACS,
• Social/Emotional Development: Jim McElrath, Executive Director, Family Services of the Chautauqua Region and John Panebianco, JPS Director of Pupil Services
• Accountability and Metrics: Dr. Lillian Ney, retired physician and co-chair, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Denise Pusateri, JPS Math Coordinator
• Technology: Jon DeAngelo, Chief Information Officer, Chautauqua County and Dave Currie, Coordinator of Science/Technology/Information Services
• Communications/PR: John Whittaker, Editor, The Post-Journal and Cathy Panebianco, JPS Communications Coordinator