2013-05-17 / Local News

School district unveils 5-year strategic plan

By SCOTT POWELL
Ledger Staff Writer

Cherokee County students could have access to tablets and bring their own electronic devices to use in school under a technology vision included in a new 5-year strategic plan approved Monday by school trustees.

Strategic planning committee members have suggested the Cherokee County School District consider a policy by which students could use mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops during the school day. Another part of the district’s technology action plan would involve a pilot project to distribute laptop computers to students for classroom learning.

The technology projects are examples of ideas the school district will study over the next several months as it starts work on implementing the new 5-year strategic plan, superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore said. The plan addresses issues such as academic programs, school safety, higher education, public relations and technology.

“There are no price tags for any items recommended in the strategic plan,” Moore said. “We have some decisions we will need to make about our priorities. We will take a closer look at the strategic plan over the next several months and determine what we need to talk about first.”

A 32-member committee began work in February on developing the 5-year strategic plan. Associate superintendent Dr. Carlotta Redish served as the school district’s internal facilitator of the plan while South Carolina School Boards Association consultant Odell Stuckey served as an outside facilitator.

The strategic plan is a state requirement in which school districts set a vision for addressing academic achievement and charting a course to prepare students for the future.

The district has adopted lofty goals for student achievement over the next five years.

Under the plan, 100 percent of Cherokee County students will be placed in higher education, the workforce, or military within 10 months of graduation. All students will graduate after successful completion of a career readiness certificate.

The school district has set a goal to have a zero school dropout rate and exceed the state average on state tests by 2018.

While the goals are ambitious, Moore said the vision set forth in the new 5-year strategic plan reflects the school district’s effort to provide a high-quality education which prepares all students for success in life.

“We believe education is essential for the advancement of society,” Moore said. “We believe that excellence is always worth the effort.”

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