With the help of Connie Abert from the UW-Extension office, the Long Range Planning Committee will develop action plans for the Manawa School District.
These plans will focus on three key areas, creating a culture of academic success, leadership and communication, to help build a stronger school district.
District Administrator Melanie Oppor noted that some steps are already being taken to improve the district, by doing such things as; 4k-12 Literacy Focus, instructional coaches for literacy and math, and Wolf River Career Pathways.
“Students with disabilities were not performing as well as other students,” Oppor said. “There is not a good reason for this. We are providing some programs to level the playing field for all students.”
Oppor also noted that a new attendance and truancy plan has been put into place.
“We want to make sure kids are able to get to school and be successful,” she said.
According to the plan, other areas that will be looked at will include such things as bell-to-bell instruction, developing communication protocols and rewarding academic success.
“We need to know who we are, what we stand for and how we are developing and growing every day,” said Oppor. “We have a lot to be proud of.”
Those in attendance are committed to making improvements.
“I want to see the Phoenix rise out of the ashes,” said Lori Miller, special education teacher. “I want to see this school district grow and prosper.”
“I want this school to be the best that it can be,” said Glenn Poole. “I know we can get there.”
Looking forward to how people want to build this district is key, according to Oppor.
“It comes down to adjusting the system,” she said. “We are all in this together and it’s going to take a team effort. We are making steady process every day.”
Anyone interested in helping with the Long Range Planning Committee can do so by contacting Jeanne Frazier at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 920-596-2525.
All community members are welcome to participate.