School board focuses on academic achievement, financial efficiency as goals for next five years
by Laura Haley
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The Grand County Board of Education has agreed on a set of new goals that will be used to help guide the board over the next five years. According to Grand County School District Superintendent Scott Crane, the goals are similar to the ones set by the school board last year, but they have been condensed to better align with the board’s previous discussions.

The three main goals that were set in the new document are raising academic achievement, financial efficiency for the district and fostering community support.

Crane said the goals set were specifically for the Grand County Board of Education.

“The board’s job is to set the direction when it comes to goals,” Crane said.

Each goal included a series of objectives to help the board achieve the desired outcome, he said.

Crane said the goals and objectives flow from the school board to the superintendent, and then to the administrators at each school.

“The schools will create their own goals ... that will correlate to these,” Crane said.

He said each goal and objective also includes a strategic plan to help the school district reach those outcomes. For example, in order to help raise academic achievement, Crane put significant emphasis on the development of Professional Learning Communities in which teachers share information and knowledge with one another as a way to develop more effective educational tools that benefit the students, while part of the financial efficiency goal included the district developing “a long term financial plan to increase salaries to the average state wage.”

Crane said that, while the goals are five-year goals, they will not all take the entire five years to reach.

“They develop differently at each level,” he said. “You always want to improve on it. It ebbs and flows.”

School board member Beth Joseph said work on the goals will be and ongoing effort on the part of the board and district staff.

“It never stops,” she said.

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