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York Public Schools | October 18, 2018

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Strategic Plan

York Public Schools
“TO-DO LIST” 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

  • Increase availability of math interventions
    • YES using Compass learning for Math supports
    • YES using Xtra Math program
    • YMS added a “Math Plus” class for students in co-taught math
    • YMS has Math interventionist 3 periods per day
    • Math Strategies and Peer Tutoring at YHS
    • ALEKS computerized math program in study skills
    • YHS added “Technical Math” in 2016-17
  • Peer tutoring/mentoring
    • HOPE Squads added by school counselors in each building for 2017-18
    • Circle of Friends at YHS, YMS, and YES
    • Lunch Bunch at YES
    • SUCCESSful Friends in YMS SUCCESS class – peers with SUCCESS students
    • BOOST and All Stars programs
    • Over 150 Teammates matches
  • Enrichment and exploratory options
    • Manufacturing & Entrepreneurship class launched at YMS in January 2018
    • Invention Convention and Science Expo
    • Robotics
    • Code Club at YES launched in 2015-16
    • Entrepreneurship Academy began in July 2015
    • Math Counts
    • Bright Lights
    • Summer Learning Academies
    • State Fair Competitions
    • Art Club
  • Career exploration
    • Career Academies
    • College Access Grant
    • Career Day – YMS
    • SUCCESS students at YHS with Mosaic – Recycling, Meals on Wheels, etc.
    • Job shadowing with Career Academy and Peru State classes
    • Agronomy Academy that began in 2014-15
    • Work Certification Program through NCTA, Reinke, & CVA launched in Sept. 2015
    • Added partnerships at Champion Homes and UTC in 2017-18
  • College credit course offerings
    • 888 credits were earned in 2016-17 (small senior class)
    • 942 credits earned in 2015-16
    • 938 credits earned in 2014-15
    • 1,072 credits earned in 2012-13
  • On-line courses
    • Began in Spring 2015 with AP Environmental Science
    • Use of upper level Edgenuity classes
    • Willing and able to meet other individualized needs/desires
  • Career Academy and job shadow pursuits
    • Many local businesses being utilized on differentiated circumstances
    • Very successful launch of York General partnership with Josh Miller’s class in Fall 2016 that looks to continue
  • “Life skills programming”
    • Project SEARCH
    • Vocational opportunities with Region V and Mosaic
  • Increase course offerings
    • Work certification programming through NCTA began in Sept 2015
    • “Coding” clubs at YES and class work at YMS began in 2014
    • Theater/Speech class at YMS
    • Technology curriculum map update
    • Looking to add manufacturing/entrepreneurship course at YMS in 2017-18
  • Before/After-School Programs
    • Began in 2011-12
    • Received renewal grant for a 5-year continuation program that began in 2016-17
    • Received a $20,000 grant from the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation for 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 ($20,000 for each of these three individual years)
      • Began programming in 2017-18 on days out of school within August – May
  • Summer Programming
    • Entrepreneurship Academy began in July 2015
    • Learning Academies began in 2010
    • BOOST and All Stars
    • Young Nebraska Scientists held an Ag Bio Tech Camp in June 2017
    • Bright Lights programming in Lincoln every June and July
  • High Ability Learner programming
    • Bright Lights
    • Entrepreneurship Academy began in July 2015
    • Revamped identification and communication protocol
    • STEM/STEAM added at YMS in 2016-17
    • Math Counts teams added at YES and YMS in 2014
    • Science Olympiad teams added at YES and YMS in 2014
    • Compass Learning “grouping” at YES
  • Birth-to-Five programming
    • Looking into facility issues as of January 2018 with SCC and YCDC
    • Expanded programming through additional grants in 2012 and 2013
    • Looking to apply for new grant through sixpence at  LB547
    • Early Childhood Summit – Mid Nebraska Conference in York has become an outstanding conference led by Kris Friesen and staff
    • Continued partnership with York County Head Start

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES

  • Purposeful technology integration within our curriculum
    • Part of our Wednesday early-out plans
    • Teacher-driven at the building level
    • Digital Citizenship Curriculum
    • Large group of teachers attend NETA each year
    • Teachers presenting to other teachers at MLK conference
  • Effective strategies for working with special needs students
    • Emphasized annually at MLK in-service and in building level offerings
    • Contracted with Munroe Meyer for severely impaired behavior/low cognition
    • Co-Teaching Book Study 2013-14, using Marilyn Friend’s work
    • Joined Special Olympics Nebraska’s “UNIFIED SCHOOLS” Program in 2016-17
    • Unified Bowling at YHS launched in Fall 2017
  • Individualized instruction
    • Emphasized at YES with use of “Compass Learning” instructional paths
    • YHS has individual learning plans developed and implemented
      • Tami presented on this topic at the state AQuESTT Conference in 2015
  • RTI
    • RTI teams at YES with a systematic RTI process that is written/followed
    • Written RTI  process in place in all buildings and is often the topic of grade level team meetings
    • Implemented a 3-tier RTI model that includes Grade Level Teams at YHS
  • Marzano’s “Science of Teaching”
    • Cohort groups each year
    • Large whole group instructional model work began May 2015
    • Teacher buy-in has increased in 2017-18 as it is leading towards revamped teacher evaluation model
    • Monthly themes are addressed in each building with a district-wide perspective
  • Anita Archer Strategies shared with YES Staff in 2015-16 
  • Growth Mindset book study at YES in 2014-15 and 2015-16 
  • “Instructional Rounds”
    • Began in 2013 and allows teachers to visit other buildings
    • Assists with our transitional planning from 5th to 6th and 8th to 9th grades
    • Part of our “new teacher orientation” process as well
  • New Teacher Orientation
    • Additional day each September to learn more, revisit important initiatives, visit teachers in other buildings, etc.
    • Will incorporate more civic offerings and a sense of community

 

COMMUNICATION

  • Community Coffees
    • Traveled to YGH and Senior Center in 2017-18
    • Implemented a “traveling community coffee” at Willowbrook in Oct. 2015
      • Senior Center in May 2017
      • Visited Willowbrook and Mahoney House in Fall 2016
    • Had a very successful coffee/community tour of Animal Science Lab on 12-8-15 with an estimated 400 folks in attendance
      • Replicated this in December 2016 with tours of welding lab and parent program on digital citizenship in the YHS media center before the Band Concert
  • Social media
    • Daily use of Twitter and Facebook to communicate with parents and patrons
    • Presented at NETA in Spring and Fall 2015, Fall 2016, and in April 2017
    • Instagram #yorkdukes was added in the Fall of 2015
    • Google Community for York Instruction, New Teachers, Marzano Cohorts
    • Superintedent’s blog is done weekly
    • STRIV system greatly enhanced during 2017-18 with new equipment and processes to improve our productions and visibility
  • Website
    • Checked daily for freshness
    • Moved to Striv Website for 2016-17
    • Added a sticky note feature to grab attention for special notices in January 2018
  • Press releases
    • Done at least quarterly and often more frequently
    • “When did Public Education Become the Enemy” received nationwide attention the week of January 11, 2016
    • Numerous guest columns in the YNT, LJS, and OWH dealing with property tax relief and other pertinent topics
  • Staff visibility and involvement within community
    • Volunteerism, service clubs, churches, etc. 
  • Alumni outreach
    • Sent out 1st alumni newsletter in Summer 2015
    • Held first “come back home event” in Sept 2016
    • Continue to work on this with various committees
  • Expand awareness of the YPS Foundation
    • Included info in our alumni newsletter
    • An articles was placed in the York News-Times in the Fall of 2015
  • Added “Lunch and Learns” in 2016-17
    • Held at Senior Center and district office in 2017-18 on a variety of topics with student and staff presenters
  • Continued emphasis on “inside-out” communications where our staff hears about “issues” and sees press releases, agendas, etc. before parents and patrons do

FACILITIES

  • Provide safe, nurturing, attractive, and healthy environments 
  • Pursue a PLAY/EC facility on YES campus
    • Compare/contrast adding on to YES vs. a stand-alone facility
    • Moved PLAY to YES campus during 2017-18
  • Annual summer projects as addressed in our 7-Year Facilities Plan
    • See updated facilities plan
  • Continued cooperation with City of York regarding facility usage
    • ½% sales tax referendum passed in November 2014 for quiet zone and ball field complex
    • Held Special Olympics Nebraska Flag Football event in October 2017 and will do so again in October 2018
  • Continue to pursue viable, long-term solutions for our Enrichment Center needs
    • New rental location began in July 2016

SCHOOL FINANCE

  • Maximize all sources of revenue to meet our needs/challenges 
  • Receive more money than we spend each year within General Fund
    • Audited data
  • Pursue sustainable grants
    • At least one grant valued at $10,000 or more is pursued each quarter
    • $20,000 grant to help with purchase of new bus in February 2018
    • $20,000 “Beyond School Bells” grant for 2017-18 to add more after-school programming

 

  • Effectively use depreciation and building funds to address district needs
    • OCTOBER 2014
      • Depreciation had $57,612
      • Building Fund had $571,499
    • OCTOBER 2015
      • Depreciation had $175,330
      • Building Fund had $390,372
    • OCTOBER 2016
      • Depreciation had $112,491
      • Building Fund had $360,236
  • OCTOBER 2017
    • Depreciation had $82,696
    • Building Fund had $228,163 + $251,851 in “savings” for larger projects

 

  • Build up cash reserve within General Fund
    • At the end of the 2009-10 fiscal year, we had –($995,591) due to a line of credit
    • At the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year, we had $576,246
    • At the end of the 2014-15 fiscal year, we had $1,183,046
    • At the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year, we had $1,828,412
    • At the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, we had $1,505,119