TCS sets goals for next 3 years

Tiffin City Schools administrators laid out the accomplishments and new recommendations for the next Charting the Course goals and action plans Monday evening.

Original implementation of Charting the Course recommendations took place 2010-13. Monday, Superintendent Donald Coletta introduced the next phase of Charting The Course for Continuous Improvement Plan, which is to be implemented 2013-16.

“Our goal is to have ongoing conversations with our community,” Coletta said. “The community’s input is critical for the district’s success. Interaction is important to determine what kind of district the community would want to have.”

He called the plan focused, interconnected and accountable.

The district has 15 goals it would like to implement over the next three years. The goals are listed under five categories: career-based education, character education, student achievement and learning, student safety and using technology in instruction. The goals were adopted July 23.

The district set up 28 individual action plans for each of the five school buildings, gifted education, special education, facilities and environment, food service, technology and transportation.

“With these goals through the recommendations we have gotten more specific with our goals,” Coletta said.

Coletta said the district has had great success in the past three years. With the help of the marketing committee, the district has created a new website and a Facebook page; sent out news releases and newsletters; put out ads, flyers and digital media in the high school lobby; and created radio spots to better inform the public.

Also implemented was a new technology course at Tiffin Middle School, more advanced placement and dual enrollment opportunities, the business advisory council and making Columbian the host site for the ACT along with ACT prep courses.

“This plan is a living document, it changes all the time,” Coletta said.

During Monday’s meeting, Scott Urban, director of instruction and personnel, explained the district’s report card. For indicators met, the district received an “A” and for performance index, the district received a “B.” The district’s overall value-added score is a “C,” while the graduation rate for four and five years is at a “B.” Urban said in August 2015 the district is to receive an overall letter grade on 16 measures.

Scott Daniel, director of operations, updated the audience on district safety measures.

“The three elementary buildings have buzz-in systems where individuals have to be buzzed-in through a call box once the doors are locked,” Daniel said.

Tiffin Middle School also uses a buzz-in system.

Daniel said Columbian is an area of concern. He said the district is considering a buzz-in or key lock system, possibly to be put in place at the end of this school year. Daniel also said safety manual updates are under way.