Board Goal Statement

The Postville Community School District's Board of Education will promote efforts to increase student achievement by supporting district initiatives and will strive to provide opportunities, resources, and a highly qualified staff to all students. The Board will work to enhance a climate of positive communication while managing the schools in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Board of Education’s Goals

1. Obtaining and Sustaining Academic Excellence

Steps & Strategies
  1. One & three-year graduate follow-up surveys will be conducted yearly. (5 year will begin 2015)
  2. Create & maintain five-year curriculum purchase cycle (as budget will allow)
  3. Provide time & support for curriculum development that supports the Iowa Core.
  4. Provide time & resources for staff Professional Development.
  5. The Annual Yearly Progress Report data in regard to the Iowa Assessments will be presented to the Board annually.
Resources Needed
  1. Provide funding for HS staff to facilitate the survey to graduates to include follow-up.
  2. Provide resources for curriculum adoption materials on a 5-year cycle as budget permits.
  3. Provide resources for teachers to research, develop & write curriculum throughout the year & during the summer.
  4. Time will be provided in the school calendar for PD on early dismissal days. PD opportunities outside the district will be provided for staff as requested & approved by building principals curriculum director.
  5. The District will provide a minimum of six days to review intervention data & district wide assessments.
Outcome
  1. Report to the Board the results of the surveys.
  2. Updated curriculum & recommendation for purchase of materials will be presented to the Board.
  3. Curriculum will align with Common Core & as each area is updated, it will be presented to the Board.
  4. Professional Development Plan and calendar will be presented to the Board annually.
  5. PCSD students will meet or exceed State requirements in regard to Iowa Assessments.

2. Responsibly Manage Fiscal Resources

Steps & Strategies
  1. Utilize financial forecasting to improve decision making.
  2. Conduct on-­‐going financial education yearly for the Board.
  3. Provide avenues for staff to have a clearer understanding of school finance.
  4. Technology will be used to advance the efficiencies of the District Office.
  5. The district will maintain a 5-­‐10% solvency ratio.
Resources Needed
  1. Utilize ISFLC and the Iowa School Board Association and their financial forecasting program.
  2. Special sessions for the Board and public will be held in regard to District finance.
  3. Superintendent & Business Manager will include articles in the newsletter, on the website and during staff meetings in regard to school finance.
  4. Business Manager will research avenues to make daily procedures more efficient using technology (electronic purchase orders).
  5. Continue to analyze & monitor District line item budget to look for cost savings & continue to work with Principals and Business Managers for accurate coding of expenditures.
Outcome
  1. 5-10 year financial forecasting document to be created.
  2. Board presentations will be held periodically in regard to financial topics.
  3. Superintendent & Business Manager will develop presentations on finances topics. Newsletters articles will be developed by Superintendent & Business Manager.
  4. Cost savings to the District due to increased use of technology (fewer man hours).
  5. To maintain or increase solvency ratio.

3. Establish a Strong Public Relations/Marketing Program for the District

Steps & Strategies
  1. Create and maintain new channels for improving district PR.
  2. Educate staff on multiple channels available to promote their programs and students.
  3. Utilize/expand the relationship with City, Chamber, Lions Club, other organizations, and County.
  4. Report quarterly to the Board all electronic hits to schools’ website.
Resources Needed
  1. Utilize PR services for the district.
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Streaming of Ball Games
    • Quarterly Newsletter
  2. Monthly promotion of staff and programs at the Board’s meetings.
  3. Provide time to educate staff on PR strategies available.
  4. Time to build relationships with City, Chamber, Lions Club, other organizations, and County.
Outcome
  1. Positive promotion of District will increase overall enrollment.
  2. Increased public awareness of all school programs and activities.
  3. Staff morale will be improved through recognition of their students and programs.
  4. Stronger relationship between City, Chamber, Lions Club, other organizations, County and School that will promote the community as a whole.

4. Establish a Long Term Facility Plan

Steps & Strategies
  1. Create a long term facility plan.
  2. Maintain and update annually District five year facility plan.
  3. Analyze capital projects and take into account cost savings to the general fund (solar panels, wind turbines, etc.).
Resources Needed
  1. Utilize experts to gain resources and knowledge.
  2. Time for board work sessions.
Outcome
  1. Maintain up to date safe learning environment for our students.
  2. Long range facility plan will be created by the Board.
  3. Analyze information from experts to make the best decisions regarding capital projects.

5. Create an Exemplary Activites Department

Steps & Strategies
  1. Create a long term facility plan.
  2. Maintain and update annually District five year facility plan.
  3. Analyze capital projects and take into account cost savings to the general fund (solar panels, wind turbines, etc.).
Resources Needed
  1. Utilize experts to gain resources and knowledge.
  2. Time for board work sessions.
Outcome
  1. Maintain up to date safe learning environment for our students.
  2. Long range facility plan will be created by the Board.
  3. Analyze information from experts to make the best decisions regarding capital projects.