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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights. Strategic Plan Of The Van Buren Local Schools 2009. Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights. MISSION STATEMENT. Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights. MISSION STATEMENT.

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van buren schools home of the black knights
Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

Strategic Plan

Of The

Van Buren Local Schools

2009

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

MISSION STATEMENT

We challenge and support all students to reach their maximum potential in a changing world.

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

VISION STATEMENT

Van Buren schools will continually strive to be a leader in educational excellence.

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

STATE REPORT CARDS

VISION STATEMENT

  • 2001-02 EXCELLENT
  • 2002-03 EFFECTIVE
  • 2003-04 EFFECTIVE
  • 2004-05 EXCELLENT
  • 2005-06 EXCELLENT
  • 2006-07 EFFECTIVE
  • 2007-08 EXCELLENT WITH DISTINCTION

Van Buren schools will continually strive to be a leader in educational excellence.

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • All Students are capable of learning when provided a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Learning is a life long process.

BELIEF STATEMENTS

We believe that:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Our small school atmosphere stresses family values and personal relationships.
  • Quality education can only come when partnering our school with the community.

BELIEF STATEMENTS

We believe that:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Multiple opportunities and tools are necessary for our students to achieve success.
  • Respect, dignity, and fairness toward all must be a focal point of our schools and community.

BELIEF STATEMENTS

We believe that:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Diversity should be integral to the Van Buren Local Schools’ achievement of excellence.
  • The Judeo-Christian tradition is the basis of our community values.

BELIEF STATEMENTS

We believe that:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • All students are capable of learning when provided a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Learning is a life long process.
  • Our small school atmosphere stresses family values and personal relationships.
  • Quality education can only come when partnering our school with the community.
  • Multiple opportunities and tools are necessary for our students to achieve success.
  • Respect, dignity, and fairness toward all must be a focal point of our school and community.
  • Diversity should be integral to the Van Buren Local Schools’ achievement of excellence.
  • The Judeo-Christian tradition is the basis of our community values.

BELIEF STATEMENTS

We believe that:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

By the fall of 2010, we will implement a plan to provide innovative curriculum that best meets our students identified needs.

GOALS

Curriculum:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

By 2010, all teachers will routinely integrate instructional technology to ensure our students’ technology literacy by the eighth grade so they can explore advanced technology in grades 9 through 12.

GOALS

Technology:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

By June of 2010, identify the present and future facility needs and make recommendations to the Board of Education.

GOALS

Facilities:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

By the fall of 2009 partnerships will be developed between area educational institutions, businesses, and community organizations to develop plans for community outreach and to continue to find ways to improve school and community communications.

GOALS

Unity/Communications & Outside Resources:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

To evaluate, research, develop and establish means to generate funds to support our school’s educational and extra-curricular endeavors to maintain Van Buren as a leader in educational excellence.

GOALS

Finances:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Observe what other districts with K-12 or 3-12 language instruction are doing.
  • Foreign Language committee creates recommendations.
  • Proposal is adopted and implementation begins.
  • Program is assessed for effectiveness.

Curriculum – By the fall of 2010 we will implement a plan to provide innovative curriculum that best meets our students identified needs.

Plan of Action: Foreign language instructions for grades K-12

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Investigate and propose a curriculum and programming for keyboarding instruction (grades 3-5).
  • Purchase hardware, curricular, and software needs.
  • Identify instructor for this program (potentially only at 3rd and possibly 4th grade.
  • Ensure practice in 5th and 6th grades.
  • Assess program.

Curriculum – By the fall of 2010 we will implement a plan to provide innovative curriculum that best meets our students identified needs.

Plan of Action: Keyboarding instruction at the elementary level

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Form steering committee to spearhead initial research and develop a timeline.
  • Develop a statement of program goals and philosophies.
  • Determine impact of full-day Kindergarten on school budget.
  • Determine structure and phase-in schedule.
  • Develop a community communication plan.

Curriculum– By the fall of 2010 we will implement a plan to provide innovative curriculum that best meets our students identified needs.

Plan of Action: All-day, everyday Kindergarten

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Develop needs assessment (survey).
  • Administer a needs assessment (survey).
  • Determine how students will be selected for full-day Kindergarten.
  • Select curriculum and provide professional development.
  • Develop an evaluation plan.

Curriculum – By the fall of 2010 we will implement a plan to provide innovative curriculum that best meets our students identified needs.

Plan of Action: All-day, everyday Kindergarten

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Create Curriculum Committee of parents, staff, Board, and administration.
  • Investigate community preferences for curricular offerings.
  • Identify student curricular needs.
  • Visit other programs.
  • Institute changes/additions to the curriculum.

Curriculum – By the fall of 2010 we will implement a plan to provide innovative curriculum that best meets our students identified needs.

Plan of Action: Address the gifted and vocational needs K-12 through AP coursework, honors coursework, gifted education, PSEO, and vocational coursework.

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Determine teachers current level of proficiency, comfort ability.
  • Create a professional development schedule.
  • Provide one on one training.
  • Assess teacher use of skills.

Technology – By 2010 all teachers will integrate instructional technology on a routine basis to ensure our students technology literacy by the 8th grade so that they can explore advanced technology in grades 9-12.

Plan of Action: All teachers are to include web content as a standard part of their classroom and be able to edit text, upload pictures, and post documents.

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Provide each staff member with active web presence and e-mail account.
  • Create a professional development plan and provide one on one training.
  • Provide e-mail and Moodle account for each student.
  • Assure adequate hardware and storage capabilities
  • Assess program.

Technology – By 2010 all teachers will integrate instructional technology on a routine basis to ensure our students technology literacy by the 8th grade so that they can explore advanced technology in grades 9-12.

Plan of Action: Each teacher has their students submit at least one digital artifact per 9 weeks. Submission is through e-mail, uploaded via Moodle, or via some other digital transport method.

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Create a budget account for property acquisition.
  • Begin exploration of possible land acquisition.
  • Create plan to provide additional parking facilities by removing old, inefficient out buildings.
  • Identify cost of repairing immediate needs of existing Middle School.
  • Develop a communication program to achieve community support.

Facilities - By June of 2010, identify the present and future facility needs and make recommendations to the Board of Education..

Plan of Action: Develop a comprehensive plan for facility needs

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Inventory transportation and maintenance facilities and evaluate their usage.
  • Conduct a “space” audit of the existing HS/MS building.
  • Construct additional parking areas.
  • Develop master plan for academic facilities.
  • Determine master plans effect on secondary facilities (transportation, maintenance, athletics).

Facilities - By June of 2010, identify the present and future facility needs and make recommendations to the Board of Education..

Plan of Action: Develop a comprehensive plan for facility needs

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Confirm public support for Master Plan.
  • Budget, prepare architectural plans and seek alternative funding.
  • Conduct facilitated public forums.
  • Place bond issue on ballot.
  • Begin construction.

Facilities - By June of 2010, identify the present and future facility needs and make recommendations to the Board of Education.

Plan of Action: Develop a comprehensive plan for facility needs

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Identify past graduates, staff members, and community members who have an interest in developing an Alumni Association.
  • Create committee to investigate other successful alumni associations.
  • Develop a plan to contact all alumni of the Van Buren Schools.
  • Determine the alumni interest and support for the program.
  • Institute program.

Unity/Communication & Outside Resources- By the fall of 2009, partnerships will be developed between area educational institutions, businesses, and community organizations to develop plans for community outreach and to continue to find ways to improve school and community communications.

Plan of Action: Create a Van Buren Alumni Association

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Identify contacts at local businesses and educational institutions.
  • Meet with contacts to develop curriculum and to solicit their participation in the program.
  • Examine existing schedule and curriculum to determine integration of the program.
  • Institute the program.
  • Assess the program.

Unity/Communication & Outside Resources- By the fall of 2009, partnerships will be developed between area educational institutions, businesses, and community organizations to develop plans for community outreach and to continue to find ways to improve school and community communications.

Plan of Action: Expand Career development & Job Search Skills for our Students

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Identify contacts at local businesses and educational institutions.
  • Meet with contacts to solicit their participation in the program.
  • Determine mutually beneficial educational opportunities (technical training, post secondary options, job shadowing, internships, etc).
  • Institute the program.
  • Assess the program.

Unity/Communication & Outside Resources- By the fall of 2009, partnerships will be developed between area educational institutions, businesses, and community organizations to develop plans for community outreach and to continue to find ways to improve school and community communications.

Plan of Action: Develop partnerships with area educational institutions, businesses, and community organizations to enhance educational opportunities.

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Evaluate current energy use and identify areas where savings can be found.
  • Acquire proposals from energy management companies.
  • Evaluate ways of reducing fuel and transportation costs.
  • Review cost of purchased services.
  • Review purchasing methods of supplies and materials.

Finances -To evaluate, research, develop and establish means to generate funds to support our school’s educational & extra-curricular endeavors to maintain Van Buren as a leader in educational excellence.

Plan of Action: Evaluate ways of reducing fixed costs in the day-to-day operation of the district

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Create a District Finances link on the school district’s website.
  • Conduct an annual community meeting to report on the financial status of the district.
  • Publish, in a continuing series, articles in the Knightly News outlining school finance.

Finances - To evaluate, research, develop and establish means to generate funds to support our school’s educational & extra-curricular endeavors to maintain Van Buren as a leader in educational excellence.

Plan of Action: Improve communications with the staff and community for better understanding of our current and future financial needs.

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Research the methodology and feasibility of creating a Foundation Fund.
  • Provide training to the administration and staff in the researching and writing of grants for the school district.

Finances - To evaluate, research, develop and establish means to generate funds to support our school’s educational & extra-curricular endeavors to maintain Van Buren as a leader in educational excellence.

Plan of Action: Constantly and actively search for funding opportunities.

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights
  • Develop a list of all district cost saving initiatives.
  • Identify projects that have the potential to generate revenue or that can be funded by outside sources.
  • Explore business opportunities of partnerships for funding
  • Coordinate with other Van Buren Strategic Plan Action Teams to determine effective funding measures.

Finances - To evaluate, research, develop and establish means to generate funds to support our school’s educational & extra-curricular endeavors to maintain Van Buren as a leader in educational excellence.

Plan of Action: Establish a financial plan that includes options and recommendations to adequately fund the strategic plan and address financial conditions.

Steps to Accomplish:

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

Board of Education

THANK YOU

To the following individuals who contributed to the Strategic Planning

Ken Rowles – President

Karen Flanagan – VP

Jeff Salisbury

Matt Conkle

Chris McKinley

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

Focus Group Hosts

Lead Team

Ken Rowles

Jeff Salisbury

Tim Myers

Jay Clark

Rhonda Nye

Ann Kuhlman

Ed May

Neil Clark

Dale Anderbery

Jim Griffith

THANK YOU

To the following individuals who contributed to the Strategic Planning

Roy & Angie Benson

Matt Ryder

Jeff Salisbury

Ken Rowles

Todd & Heather Roberts

Scott Oestreich

Erica Kelley

Mark Smith

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Management TeamVan Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

Matt Ryder Kristina Junge Judith Ennis

Erica Kelley Cindi Grant Scott Oestreich

Mark Smith Dave Long Ron Siferd

Tim Murphy Chris Ward Kurt Ohlrich

Jeff Salisbury Ken Rowles Brian Mast

Joe Routzon Jonathan Morse Ann Kuhlman

Dale Anderbery Mary Domke Julie Switzer

Linda Carles Steve Endicott Brian Edler

Neil Clark Rob Obenour Cheryl Bayes

Rhonda Nye Deb Lautermilch Monica Hiris

Jay Clark Matt Bostdorff Richard Lehman

Ed May Jan August Jeanine Clark

Alvin Trusty Carol Sudlow Patrick Dymarkowski

Michael Brand Tim Myers

THANK YOU

To the following individuals who contributed to the Strategic Planning

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Action TeamsVan Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

THANK YOU

To the following individuals who contributed to the Strategic Planning

Curriculum Team

Jeanine Clark – co-chair

Jay Clark – co-chair

Angie Cavera

Dr. Allison Goedde

Jane McCleary

Cassie Ohlrich

Ron Phillip

Kathy Yoder

Unity/Outside Resource Team

Carol Sudlow – co-chair

Michael Brand – co-chair

Patrick Dymarkowski

Kelly Schroll

Chris Ward

Finance Team

Jan August – co-chair

Jeff Salisbury – co-chair

Ken Rowles

Tim Myers

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Action TeamsVan Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

THANK YOU

To the following individuals who contributed to the Strategic Planning

Facilities Team

Ed May – co-chair

Richard Lehman – co-chair

Matt Conkle Jeff Endicott

Randy Ebling Steve Endicott

Chris Henry Stan Heitkamp

Jon Kelley Shannon Overmeyer

Ann Kuhlman Paul Schmelzer

Technology Team

Alvin Trusty – co-chair

Matt Bostdorff– co-chair

Chris Kniss

Bob Doxsey

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Van Buren Schools Home of the Black Knights

THANK YOU

To the following individuals who contributed to the Strategic Planning

Also, thank you, to everyone who participated by attending a small group meeting, a community meeting, or provided input and information at any time.

Please accept our apologies for any individual who was mistakenly omitted from the previous lists.

Van Buren Schools

A Tradition of Excellence