‘It’s about the whole child’: Iredell-Statesville Schools staff and parents discuss 2025 strategic plan

STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) — Improving student achievement and coordinating teacher development doesn’t happen overnight.

Iredell-Stateville School 2025 Strategic Plan is not a new document, but it is still very relevant, just ask the parents of the more than 20,000 students in the district.

The 2025 plan was drafted in 2019 and published in 2020. It has three axes:

Focus Area I: Closing Opportunity Gaps

Focus Area II: Improving School and District Performance

Focus Area III: Improving Educator Preparedness to Meet the Needs of Every Child

The multi-page document also includes 19 specific goals ranging from improving test scores, nutrition, transportation efficiency, decreasing staff turnover and supporting teachers’ professional learning.

Boen Nutting is the District’s Chief of Strategic Planning and Student Services. She asserts that each individual goal serves a greater purpose by supporting the whole development of each child.

“It’s about the whole kid,” Nutting said.

Each goal is broken down into one-, three-, and five-year progress points with specific data they would like to achieve. Nutting says the pandemic has thrown a wrench in measuring some of their data points, but the district has a dedicated team measuring each goal and they’re constantly working to get back on track.

“We have 19 people who are champions for every goal, in other words everyone has a little piece they are responsible for and they are very knowledgeable about it, and we talk about it every week. Every week we go back and talk about those 19 goals and it’s an ongoing thing throughout the year,” Nutting said.

Stephanie Kendricks has five children in the district ranging from kindergarten through eleventh grade. she has already seen some of the goals to support her children since launching in 2020.

“One of my children who is in I-SS is receiving services, she has autism, so they really tried to involve the counselors more because if your child is struggling at that level, then her studies are going to be struggling as well. “said Kendricks. .

The plan has several goals, focused on improving end-of-class performance using different course guides, curricula, content coaches, and other assessments. The district specifically focuses on improving performance for Grade 3 Reading, Secondary English II and Biology, Grades 5 and 8 Science EOGs, Math and English EOGs grades 3-8 and math proficiency for some subgroups, including English language learners. , students with disabilities, black and Hispanic students.

For example, by 2025, the district projects that the percentage of students in the EOG and EOC subgroups proficient in math must reach or exceed 40 percent.

The plan also has goals to increase the number of equity-focused resources for educators, mentor and coach new educators, and increase attendance of certified and classified staff. For example, the district wants the percentage of certified or classified attendance to reach or exceed 97% by 2025.

“Not only do we want to make sure we’re training our teachers that we have well, but we also want to attract and retain new people into the profession,” Nutting said.

Kendricks says teachers won’t stay unless they get better paid, which she says the state and district need to work together on.

“If we don’t give them the tools to make the decisions, I don’t know how they expect things to progress.”

In addition to test scores, the district plans to increase school nutrition participation, increase fitness participation, and have school mental health contacts.

“You can’t accomplish anything when you’re hungry. It’s the same with the mental health issue, if you have other things weighing on you, you’re not going to focus on algebra.

Additionally, the strategic plan includes improving transportation efficiency and increasing the number of students participating in the school nutrition program. For example, by 2025, the district expects 60% school breakfast attendance and 85% school lunch attendance, as well as transportation efficiency reaching or exceeding 90% by 2025.

The district also has measurable goals supporting community partnerships with nonprofit, for-profit and faith-based organizations, the district intends to do this by holding annual gatherings.

“We need to make a concerted and systematic effort to build those relationships and foster those relationships and continue them,” Nutting said.

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