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Goals

Franklin Lakes Board Goals for 2017 – 2018

 

 

  1. The Board of Education will support district efforts to examine shifting enrollment, review the effectiveness of existing policies, create new policies where necessary, and support proposals that optimize district resources for the most effective delivery of instruction.

 

  1. The Board of Education will support the work of the administration to define specific multiple measures for the Board to evaluate and assess student achievement. Such measures will evaluate effectiveness of programs, identify achievement gaps, and be used to improve instructional delivery. This is to include a schedule of regular updates to the board.

 

  1. The Board of Education will strive to have effective and efficient Board meetings, and maintain the highest level of boardsmanship by continuing participation in NJSBA sponsored meetings, training, and workshops with the ultimate goal of achieving NJSBA Board Certification.

 

  1. 2016-17 Board of Education Goals
  1. The Board of Education will support district efforts to examine the shifting enrollment, review the effectiveness of the existing class size policy and support proposals to optimize district resources for the most effective delivery of instruction.
  2. The Board of Education will support the work of the administration to define specific multiple measures for the Board to evaluate and assess student achievement. Such measures will evaluate effectiveness of programs, identify achievement gaps, and be used to improve instructional delivery.
  3. The Board of Education will support the district efforts to attain Sustainable Jersey for Schools Bronze Level certification. This will include participation on the district Green Team as well as support of district “green” initiatives, energy saving endeavors and other efforts to promote sustainability and cost savings.
  4. The Board of Education will create a policy for recognizing and promoting the successes of individual students, teachers and programs that achieve awards of excellence.
  5. The Board of Education will strive to have effective and efficient Board meetings, and maintain the highest level of boardsmanship by continuing participation in NJSBA sponsored meetings, training, and workshops with the ultimate goal of achieving NJSBA Board Certification (see attached).
2015-16 Board of Education Goals
  1. The Board will complete mandatory training within 90 days of NJSBA making the on- line training available. The Board of Education will participate, as part of Board Meeting Agendas, in two training sessions to be offered by NJSBA between January and June 2016. At the annual reorganization meeting, the Board will select a delegate for the DA from the voting members of the Board of Education. The DA is the major policymaking body of the New Jersey School Board Association. The selected delegate will represent our district in the Delegate Assembly as they assemble and meet periodically.
  2. The Board of Education will review and research the necessary actions and steps to receive a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification. Upon commitment, the Board of Education will collaborate within its district to set policy in order to complete actions, upload documentation and achieve certification.
  3. The Board of Education will be an active participant in monitoring and providing input into the strategic planning process. At the conclusion, the Board will establish timelines and benchmarks to evaluate the progress of the action plans. The Board will allocate resources as appropriate and monitor the overall progress of the action plans throughout the year.
  4. The Board of Education will actively support and participate in the FLOW steering committee being formed to combat the issue of substance abuse in our communities.
  5. The Board will review the results of the most recent demographic study at a public meeting, and review the effectiveness of the new class size policy that was implemented in February 2015. In so doing, the Board will take into account the diverse needs of individual students, as well as other factors which effect class size, and propose policy changes/updates as deemed necessary.
  6. The Franklin Lakes Board of Education will evaluate its effectiveness as a board on a periodic basis, will continuously examine the board’s agenda-setting and meeting management processes, and will adopt best practices and improve board productivity.
  7. The Board of Education will create a Reasonable Interpretation document that outlines specific information the administration will provide to the board about curricular and student achievement data, including program evaluation and recommendations.
 
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2014-2015 GOALS
FINAL
 
TRAINING- All members of the Board of Education will complete their mandatory training 90 days after it becomes available online. The Board will also agree to take two additional training sessions offered by NJSBA between January and June 2015 as part of Board Meeting Agendas. The Board will also attend at least one outside seminar, if possible.
 
DELIVERY- Analyze, adopt and communicate a policy for managing fluctuations in enrollment while exploring operational modifications.
 
POLICIES AND PRACTICES- The Board will proactively review our policies and practices and make changes/updates as deemed necessary.
 
GOING GREEN- The Board will commit to reducing paper waste by utilizing electronic delivery of Board materials and attachments for the purpose of conducting Board of Education business.
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2013-2014 GOALS
FINAL
 
TRAINING:
Board Goal: All members of the Board of Education will complete their mandatory training by the end of the first quarter of the year of service required. The Board will also agree to take 2 additional training sessions offered by NJSBA between January and June 2014 as part of Board Meeting Agendas. Attend at least one outside seminar.

DELIVERY:
Board Goal: Analyze and communicate a plan for managing fluctuations in enrollment and the equitable distribution of human resources to optimize student achievement. Determine optimal class size policy while exploring operational modifications that would allow for adjustment to changing enrollment and most cost effective use of taxpayer dollars.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
District Goal: Analyze the drivers, constraints and the impact of policies and practices that take teachers out of the classroom and then seek solutions, which optimize teacher presence in the classroom.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT:
District Goal: Present, evaluate and discuss key financial decisions in terms of choices, impact and priorities. Enhance budget process by including an analysis, which demonstrates impact of budgets at various levels of sensitivity. Present/evaluate trends in terms of per pupil impact over 5 year periods.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT:
District Goal: Continue to implement quality evaluation and assessment systems that measure and drive program implementation and student performance, and report more regularly to the Board and the Community on the interrelatedness and achievement indicated by those systems. Seek to identify metrics and targets.

COMMUNICATION:
District Goal: Create and distribute a District Wide Newsletter to consolidate important information and news into one communication to the Public.

Board Goal: Ensure on-going, open, effective and respectful communication among board members, between board members and administration, and between board members and the community.
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2012-2013 BOARD OF EDUCATION GOALS
 
Goals approved September 11, 2012

Strategies/Benchmarks discussed September 24, 2012

1.    The Franklin Lakes Board of Education will foster and develop a stronger, healthier relationship between individual board members, superintendent, community, parents, teachers and students.

STRATEGIES AND BENCHMARKS:
  • Each board member will meet with Frank to discuss all issues they believe strain the working relationship with the superintendent (by October 8th).
  • The Board President will reach out to the PTA Presidents to determine ways in which the groups can most effectively share ideas, in addition to the existing monthly PTA Presidents meetings which are attended by the 4 PTA Presidents, Board of Ed  President and Superintendent.
  • Students from each school will present, together with their principal, at the Board meeting that is held in their school building, about a recent achievement of the students or an activity they are preparing for in the upcoming month.  (The effect should be more parent and teacher involvement.) Presentations should be 15 minutes or less.
  • The Board will utilize its appointed liaison relationships with Town Council, Recreation, Municipal Alliance, and FLEF as opportunities to report out on the things the school district is working on and to collect feedback from these groups about the schools.
  • The Board’s Community Relations Committee will identify methods to collect constituent feedback (and will feedback to the Board at its October 23, 2012 board meeting) and implement as practicable.

2.     The Franklin Lakes Board of Education will review its Vision and Mission Statements, as well as statements on district beliefs.

STRATEGIES AND BENCHMARKS:
  • The Board, working as a Committee of the Whole, will review its current Vision and Mission Statement at its January 2013 re-organization meeting (subject to be pushed to second January meeting if re-org meeting agenda is too full).
  • The Board will review and approve the Vision and Mission Statement with a target date of May 2013, so as to be finalized prior to the goal setting processes for 2013-2014.
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2012-2013 DISTRICT GOALS
 
CURRICULUM
Implement structures to facilitate English Language Arts, Math and Media Studies to align with and support the Common Core Curriculum Standards including professional development and curriculum revision.

PERSONNEL
To fulfill the New Jersey State teacher accountability mandate through evidence-based evaluation processes that are tied to multiple measures, identify an instructional model, the associated evaluation tools, and the technology delivery system that supports both in preparation for a 2013-14 school year implementation.

FINANCE
Allocate financial resources that continue to optimize the quality of education and meet the needs of the children in Franklin Lakes, while remaining sensitive to taxpayers.  Educate the public through transparent and informative budget planning and process, which includes open public discussion on all budget issues and construction of a 2013-14 budget that falls within state cap.  Investigate cost savings opportunities with FLOW districts.

OPERATIONS
Seek to identify and analyze systems, structures, technologies, and methodologies (e.g., strategies that balance enrollment distribution) for an optimal delivery of services, effective cost management, the promotion of a safe and productive learning environment, and maximum return on our infrastructure investments.

POLICY
Develop and implement a policy and guidelines, which continue to support ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve by sustaining and supporting the efforts that are currently in place, systematize those efforts among the elementary schools and between the elementary school and middle school levels, and explore possibilities for future efforts.

Engage constituent groups in transitioning to slightly modified versions of Local Wellness/Nutrition Policy 3542.1 and its associated Regulation, which will strive to meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans by September 2013.

TECHNOLOGY
Continue to build and sustain an infrastructure that supports new curriculum initiatives, transparency and reporting, assessment at the local and state levels, effective communications, and virtualization.
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2011-2012 BOARD OF EDUCATION GOALS
 
The Franklin Lakes Board of Education will develop and maintain the appropriate methods of communication that will inform, support and engage our school community, as well provide feedback opportunities to enable the board to understand the attitudes and aspirations of all constituent groups and promote a spirit of cooperation and confidence within the community.

The Franklin Lakes Board of Education will evaluate its effectiveness as a board on a periodic basis, will continuously examine the board’s agenda-setting and meeting management processes, and will look to adopt best practices and improve board productivity.

The Franklin Lakes Board of Education will review its Vision and Mission Statements, as well as statements on district beliefs.
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2011-2012 DISTRICT GOALS
 
CURRICULUM
Investigate and implement improved assessment tools that direct instruction and advance student achievement.

PERSONNEL
Attract and maintain, develop and recognize top talent in our district by establishing competitive contract terms, in conjunction with clear expectations for performance and accountability. The Board will commit to provide funding for on-going Training and Development opportunities for our staff.

FINANCE
Allocate financial resources in a manner that optimizes the quality of education while remaining sensitive to taxpayers.  Ensure a transparent planning & budget process through open public discussion on all budget issues, and strive to propose a 2012-13 budget which is within the state imposed budget cap.

OPERATIONS
Seek to identify and analyze systems, structures, technology and the delivery of services in an effort to manage costs, promote a safe and productive learning environment and optimize the return on our infrastructure investments.

POLICY
Adopt policies in accordance with new state regulations for Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, educate all stakeholders on the policies and procedures for recognizing, reporting and addressing such acts, and establish programs that enhance character education to develop each student’s self respect, respect for others, appreciation for diversity and sense of personal responsibility.

TECHNOLOGY
Recognize the growing importance of technology in both the efficient delivery of education and as a vital competency for all students.  Use Technology to advance Financial, Operational and Curriculum related goals.  Incorporate Technology into the Curriculum and learning process in an effort to prepare students to excel in the future.