Newburg R-II School Board members approved a list of objectives to meet in the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) at their meeting Dec. 20.

Newburg R-II School Board members approved a list of objectives to meet in the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) at their meeting Dec. 20.

A CSIP is a five-year strategic plan, which identifies important long-range improvement issues related to student achievement and describes in detail the actions that will be taken to address the issues.

A CSIP is a required element of the Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP).

“We have a CSIP and we revamped it in the fourth cycle of MSIP and we came to a five-goal format with objectives and strategies,” said Newburg Schools Superintendent John Westerman at the board meeting.

Westerman explained that the CSIP has a list of “overriding things we need to accomplish, especially over the next year.” Under the CSIP are building school improvement plans, technology plans, special education compliance plans and other plans. For instance, each building within the district has its own building-level specific strategies and action plans to meet the overall district objectives but may also include additional objectives to be met at the building level.

The five goals listed in the school district’s CSIP are the same ones that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) have come up with.

Newburg Schools staff member Rose Blair said the plan has measureable objectives and will explain “who will do what in what time period.”

The CSIP explains how certain issues will be remedied and represents a commitment by the district to make improvements.

Annual review of student performance data is used to assist with making revisions in specific strategies of both the building level and district level CSIP objectives.

“What we’re trying to do is come up with a process that we always follow and with this process, each year, we’ll have a needs assessment and that needs assessment will come from the bottom up. What we’ve been doing is top down.”

Westerman said he wants the process to not be dependent on specific individuals. “We’ve got to do something to make sure the process continues” regardless of who is in certain positions in the district, the superintendent said.

The objectives that were unanimously approved by all seven board members at their Dec. 20 meeting are listed below.

The Newburg Mission Statement is “Newburg has C.L.A.S.S.: Committed to Learning and Student Success.”

Goal 1: Develop and enhance quality educational/instructional programs to improve performance and enable students to meet their personal, achievement and career goals.

• Objective 1: Develop and implement plans to ensure all students are demonstrating growth and/or achieving at or above state mandated levels as determined by annual state-mandated assessments and/or district determined assessments in an annual review.

• Objective 2: Develop and implement plans to support at-risk students to persist in graduation goals with their cohort groups.

Goal 2: Recruit, attract, develop, and retain highly qualified staff to carry out the LEA (local educational agency)/District mission, goals and objectives.

• Objective 1: Develop and implement plans to provide students with a highly effective, professional and caring staff throughout their academic time in the district. This is measured through staff participation in annual district evaluations.

Goal 3: Provide and maintain appropriate instructional resources, support services, functional and safe facilities.

• Objective 1: Facilities that are adequate to house the programs of the district as reviewed by the district on an annual review by a district facilities committee.

• Objective 2: Provide an environment that is physically and emotionally safe and clean for students, staff, and patrons as determined by annual review by district staff and administrators.

• Objective 3: Provide and support technology for the utilization of current and future technology needs of students and other district stakeholders as determined by the district’s technology committee’s annual review.

Goal 4: Promote, facilitate and enhance parent, student and community involvement in LEA/District educational programs.

• Objective 1: Develop and implement plans to enhance the school district’s external communication process as measured by annual review conducted by district staff.

• Objective 2: Develop and implement programs and opportunities to foster positive relationships with individuals, organizations and agencies in and near the district. This will be measured annually, through criteria developed within the district.

Goal 5: Govern the LEA/District in an efficient and effective manner providing leadership and representation to benefit the students, staff and patrons of the district.

• Objective 1: Internal communication will be efficient, support staff engagement, and promote student achievement as reviewed annually by district personnel and district-established criteria.

• Objective 2: Building level school improvement plans will be developed and reviewed annually for modification as objectives are met and/or building needs change.