Board Meeting

Oct. 12 | Special Regular Session

Strategic Planning Community Engagement

Board members reviewed the feedback they received at the Strategic Planning Community Meeting held Oct. 2. Each member reviewed the common themes specific to his or her assignments that evening.

Andrew Caplan: Leadership and Accountability

Teachers, principals, administrators and school board members are all accountable to the community.

The lack of accountability from the Board is one of the reasons the Bond was not successful.

The Board needs to work on developing the public trust.

The Board is accountable to the voters, and the Administration is accountable to the Board.

The community’s interests need to be reflected in the work the Board is doing.

The district’s Strategic Plan will help drive those interests as the district moves forward.

The public wants access to more data in an effort to create a culture of accountability.

The Board and the district need to have a simple message that resonates with the community.

JJ Ehlers: Communications

The public had suggestions on various ways to communicate.

The community says the wording of communications is important so the public can understand the why’s and how’s of projects.

The district needs to continue to work at improving its outreach with non-English speakers.

The Board and the district need to do a better job of reaching out those who do not have children in school. 

Communicate how PCSD processes input and how the Board plans to use it.

JJ Ehlers: Community Involvement

Determine at a higher level what community involvement means, who and how to engage but more importantly, why.  What is the outcome? 

Community members suggested ways to involve the community.

Invite the community to more school events such as homecoming, plays/musicals, concerts, etc.

Work with the faculty, School Community Councils, and PTOs to create ways for more volunteering and involvement at local schools.

Community members without children in schools still need to know what is going on at their neighborhood school.

Petra Butler: Excellent Personnel

The public wants engagement and participation at the decision-making level.

Acknowledge what is being said and is actually heard.

Have consistent hiring practices and have transparency in the hiring process.

Build trust and respect for employees.

We need to focus on changing the climate in the district.

Housing and transportation continues to be an issue for personnel.

Anne Peters: One Size Fits All

Academics: arts, college prep, conflict resolution, dual language immersion, grade configurations, homework, middle learners, personalized learning, programming, special education, testing, and workload.

People: bridging the gap between home and school, parent involvement, and concerns for the social/emotional well-being of students.

Environment: school size.

Master planning: facilities, size of schools, climate in schools, size of cohorts, etc.


Following a discussion of each area, the Board noted the overarching theme for the district is the academic engagement for all students. They drafted the following mission statement, vision, and tenants:

Tentative Mission Statement: Inspire and equitably support students to achieve their academic and social potential.

Tentative Vision: Student Centered! (The Whole Child: safe, healthy, challenged, support, engaged)

Tentative Tenets:

      – Academic Engagement

      – Leadership Accountability

      – Excellent Personnel

      – Community Involvement

      – Communication

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Next Steps

The Board will work with Eric Esquivel (District Latino Community Relations) to determine how best to engage the Latino community and get their feedback.

Board will meet with TMJH and PCHS Staff on Oct. 23, 3 p.m., Treasure Mountain Junior High Library.

Board will meet with  Administrators on Oct. 25, 9 a.m., District Office.

Board will meet with Ecker Middle and Elementary Staff on Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m., Parley’s Park Elementary.

Board will meet with the community for final feedback on Nov. 1, 6 p.m., District Office.

Board to determine mission, vision, tenants at Nov. 7 Work Session.

The district will develop a request for proposal (RFP) for a master planning facilitator. Master planning will begin once a facilitator is selected.

Demographics study will be complete in January 2018.


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