Superintendent’s remarks, Board meeting: April 22, 2014

The preliminary budget and strategic investment recommendations will enable VPS to:

  • Further reduce class size by adding 20 certificated positions
  • Maintain restored and enhanced afterschool activity, athletic and fine arts program offerings
  • Restore 65% of the Title 1 mandatory set-asides due to the loss of the state’s ESEA waiver
  • Continue to expand programs of choice including preparing to transition FVHS as a Center for International Studies in 2015-16 and AVID at the elementary level
  • Provide instructional quality support and calibration training
  • Provide technical assistance support to FCRC’s in our Opportunity Zone schools to improve service delivery, professional development and training, partnerships, and align resources with identified collective impact outcomes.
  • Advance safe and supportive learning environments, including restorative justice practices at the secondary level
  • Sustain our early learning initiatives including Jump Start K and supporting our K teachers in implementing the required WA Kids assessment
  • Begin planning for capital facilities improvements in light of community input during the Design II refresh process
  • Enhance our business intelligence performance management solutions by adding additional staff so our data team can leverage our dashboards to positively impact student learning trajectories
  • Continue to scale our 21st Century FLE vision to the next cohort of middle schools
  • 94% of these new resources are being invested in direct services to students or school based programs.