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By Russ Green/Richmond News
The Orrick Board of Education approved a Comprehensive School Improvement Plan at it monthly meeting Monday in the school library. The plan was compiled by school administrators, teachers, students, school board members and community members over the course of several meetings. The plan sets several goals and objectives for the district to strive for by 2017.
One of the goals is to increase academic achievement for all students with five objectives involving several strategies to meet each one. Some of those goals include at least 90 percent of the students tested on MAP, EOC, ACT, SAT, COMPASS or ASVAB assessments meeting or exceeding the state average. Other goals include 95 percent of the students maintaining at least a 90-percent attendance rate and 100-percent graduation rate within five years.
Another goal is to prepare students to be productive citizens of a global society. Some objectives include having classrooms equipped with technology geared toward enhancing student learning; Kindergarten through 12th-grade technology standards will be developed and integrated into course curriculum. Other strategies include getting the students to become more environmentally aware through the use of recycling bins and energy-saving practices.
A third goal of the CSIP is to provide and maintain quality and safe resources and facilities. This would be achieved by making sure the building facilities meet the needs of all students and its curricular and extra-curricular programs. A task force to analyze current and future needs will be formed and the group could also explore a no-tax increase bond issue as a means for providing facility needs.