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ISD 709 Adopts Continuous Improvement Plan

posted Jul 16, 2013, 6:51 PM by Communications ISD 709

The community vision and priorities identified after months of Think Kids conversations result in a Continuous Improvement Plan with specific goals and targets


   During its regular July meeting, the Duluth School Board formally adopted a Continuous Improvement Plan, based on the community vision and priorities identified after several months of “Think Kids” conversations.

   Superintendent Bill Gronseth says leadership worked with people inside and outside schools to develop the plan, which includes specific targets for the next four years. 

   “Each goal includes baseline data with targets to be reached by the end of the 2016-17 school year and progress will be shared through an annual report to the community,” says Gronseth.  “The goals are not meant to be inclusive of everything we do, but rather to focus efforts on the priorities identified through Think Kids.” 

     Superintendent Gronseth says the goals are associated with three aims; High Achievement for All, Safe and Welcoming Environments, and Efficient and Effective Systems. 

    “Everyone in the district—no matter their position—will work towards the achievement of these goals,” says Gronseth.  “But we can’t do it alone.  It will take the entire community to realize the vision we have created.  Together, we can build stronger schools, a stronger community, and with it, a stronger future.”

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    The process for developing the newly adopted community vision and priorities began last year when Superintendent Gronseth announced a communitywide conversation on local education, inviting the public to “think kids” as ISD 709 takes on challenges ranging from budgets to curriculum to school climate.

    Nearly 2,000 people participated in Think Kids conversations through community, parent and staff meetings, online surveys and other communication venues, sharing their ideas for the future of Duluth’s public schools.

    In April, the School Board approved ISD 709 Community Vision and Priorities based on information received through Think Kids.