December 15, 2011, following three workshops open to
public participation, the Board of Education adopted a
set of five goals intended as a statement of the Board's
current vision for the Greater Johnstown School
District. It is hoped that these goals, which will
remain effective until June 30, 2013, will be beneficial
as guidance to students, staff and community members, so
that they understand the areas of focus that will have
the Board's primary attention during the school year.
Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education
· Empower all
students, faculty and staff to reach or exceed their
potential in all aspects of their development.
· Nurture a culture
of encouragement, collaboration, appreciation, creativity,
communication, tolerance and respect among school district
stakeholders, including students, faculty, staff, parents,
administrators, board members and non-parent residents, as
well as others outside our community in order to help our
students become better global citizens.
well-rounded curriculum that preserves visual and
performing arts, foreign language, business, technology,
enrichment, extracurricular and athletic programs within
the fiscal constraints of the district.
Ø Research and
implement non-traditional avenues to expand or enhance
academic opportunities for students that are
cost-effective and academically valuable.
· Establish a
climate of transparency and openness that encourages
communication among all district stakeholders.
Ø Inform district
stakeholders about significant changes in public
education, e.g., the state tax levy cap, new Annual
Professional Performance Review (APPR) requirements, and
implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
Ø Inform district
stakeholders of student, faculty and staff
community involvement and interest in the success of
students and the business of the school district.
Ø Increase the
number of district stakeholders who attend Board of
Education and ad hoc committee meetings on a regular
Ø Hold regular
public forums to encourage district stakeholders to voice
their concerns and to offer solutions.
convenient and comfortable opportunities for parents to
interact with district faculty and staff so as to create
partnerships that will be beneficial for student
· Explore possible
ways to increase overall district stability, instructional
effectiveness and operational efficiency.
The Board of Education expresses much appreciation to
Jennie Kerwood and Michele Kelley of Capital Region
BOCES Communications Service, who volunteered their time
and expertise as facilitators for the goal setting
workshops conducted on September 1, September 22, and
November 10, 2011.