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Board of Education Recap January 10th, 2018
News from Sheridan School District No. 2
Contact: Mark Stevens
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News Release
Jan. 10, 2018
Superintendent Search Timeline Outlined; Stakeholder Meetings Jan. 22 & 23
During a work session Tuesday (Jan. 10), the Sheridan Board of Education agreed to a timeline that sets in motion its search for a new superintendent.
Superintendent Michael Clough is leaving the district at the end of June after a decade in the post.
Working with Ray and Associates consultant Ricardo Medina, the board set Monday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Jan. 23 as days to hold meetings with various stakeholder groups—district administrators, teachers, classified employees, parents, government and business leaders, the District Advisory and Accountability Committee, and others.
The goal of each stakeholder meeting is to gather feedback in order to develop a profile of the ideal candidate. Each stakeholder meeting would last about an hour, said Medina, and would include questions about the district’s current strengths and weaknesses.
The board discussed holding a public forum during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23 to provide an additional opportunity for anyone to provide input on the superintendent profile.
In addition to the meetings, the search firm will provide an online survey that will be posted on the district’s website to gather community feedback.
Under the tentative timeline, the board would then finalize a profile by Jan. 30. Promotional flyers about the vacancy would be ready for distribution on Jan. 31. At that point, the recruitment phase would begin, with Ray & Associates placing advertisements and job postings with a wide array of regional and national organizations and publications geared to educators.
The board scheduled Saturday, March 17 to hold an executive session in the morning to review the applicant pool. From that group, an unknown number would be interviewed on March 26 and then the top two or three candidates would be identified in early April in hopes of making a selection by mid-April. The board also discussed how to involve community members so they could provide input prior to the final decision, but did not yet establish precise plans for that phase of the work.
Habitat for Humanity
Sheridan Board of Education members are invited to help build houses at Habitat for Humanity’s Sheridan Square project, going up on the site of the former Fort Logan Elementary School, on Saturday, Jan. 27. State legislators, community volunteers and others have also been invited to participate in the event.
Community Program
The board heard from a Sheridan High School student, Maria Delgado, who said she is representing an organization called Sheridan Rising Together for Equity. Delgado told the board her group will apply for a grant with Colorado Trust to work on community-wide issues around education and housing to “foster a stronger sense of community.”
Head Start Training
Aimee Chapman, Director of the Early Childhood Center, provided the annual Head Start Training to board members. The training covered legal and fiscal responsibilities for the board, which oversees the federal Head Start grant for pre-school children in Sheridan, Englewood and Littleton. Evaluations of the program show that the program is above national standards in a wide variety of measurements, said Chapman. That statement prompted board member Sally Daigle to urge Chapman to do more to publicize the program’s success.
District Performance Frameworks
Deputy Superintendent Jackie Webb and Data and Assessment Manager Kirk Henwood presented an overview of the District Performance Framework, a document loaded with information about the district’s academic performance, academic growth, and post-secondary readiness.
Webb and Henwood walked board members through how cut points in the data are used to set accreditation ratings for each school district. Sheridan School District 2 is currently rated as accredited with an improvement plan, an improvement of two categories from a few years ago, when the district was considered in “turnaround” status.
The District Performance Framework drives the development of the district’s Unified Improvement Plan. Webb and Henwood said they would revisit the framework with the board in March prior to submitting the improvement plan in April, when it is due to be submitted to the state.
Consent Agenda
All consent agenda items were approved.
About Sheridan School District 2
Located southwest of Denver, Sheridan School District 2 seeks high-level post-secondary options for all students through continuous improvement of quality instruction.
More: www.ssd2.org
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