By Rick Hanes
Piqua City Schools
We all desire great opportunities and experiences for our children. Like parents, we as educators want to ensure our students have a solid foundation during their formative school years from which they can build their careers and lives. Our mission statement reflects this by stating: “The students, parents, staff and community of the Piqua City School District accept the responsibility to provide our students with the best possible opportunities for the intellectual, moral and physical development necessary to become responsible citizens.”
On Thursday of this past week our Piqua City School District (PCS) Collaborative Leadership Team met to plan for the upcoming school year. Our team is composed of over sixty district staff members and our Piqua City School District Board of Education Members. The purpose of the meeting was to begin to further develop our strategic plan by establishing goals and action plans to deliver the best education to our students. In essence we met to plan for greatness!
Our meeting began with a review of our recently revised strategic plan which had gone through our annual review process and then approved by our board of education in July. Our strategic plan centers on five areas including: students, staff, school/community relations, finance, and facilities. This plan is the backbone of every decision made in our district.
Beyond our call to students, staff, parents and our community for input into our annual strategic plan review process, this year I also reached out to friends, colleagues, and educational experts for additional feedback on our work. From this call came the suggestion that we spend time touching base with our beliefs at Piqua City Schools. What do we, as the community investors of Piqua City Schools, believe about our students, staff, school/community relations, finances, and facilities? What are our expectations for the members of our school community?
From these questions our team developed the following draft belief statements: 1) We believe all students will learn at their highest potential. 2) We believe all students have a role in their learning. 3) We believe all staff members are accountable to collaborate professionally to ensure quality instruction, student growth, and achievement. 4) We believe staff will provide quality instruction that ensures students will perform at their highest potential. 5) We believe staff will work together to support quality instruction. 6) We believe our school and community will benefit from mutual communication to develop an interactive relationship. 7) We believe staff will be financially responsible and provide efficient operations focused on student growth and achievement. 8) We believe staff has a duty to provide inviting, safe, and clean environments that are adaptable to support student growth and achievement.
During the upcoming year we plan to work together to further develop these belief statements so they represent the expectations for the members of our school community. We will be reaching out in upcoming months to engage our community for input in these belief statements through our website, advisory groups, and the Drumbeat. We look forward to your input!
Our goal is to define who we are and what we do in our classrooms to ensure excellence for all of our students! Our belief statements will underscore the pride in the three words we often state: “We are Piqua!”
Rick Hanes is the superintendent of the Piqua City School District. Rick continues to ensure that the Piqua City Schools show residents the “Great Schools, Great Value” that they are each day. You can follow him directly on Twitter @raheducator.