After getting focus group feedback from more than 1,000 students, alumni, teachers, parents, administrators and community members over the past year, Hardin County Schools has started developing a strategic plan for the district’s future.
Teresa Morgan, school district superintendent, discussed a few of the goals Thursday night during the Hardin County Board of Education evening meeting. The focus groups said some strengths of the school district include dedicated teachers and staff and a focus on more than just college preparatory classes, Morgan said. Alternatively, the focus groups said increasing student engagement and more uniform messaging to families were some areas the district could improve on.
The focus group also indicated life skills, work ethic and basic reading, writing and math skills were things all students should have upon graduating high school.
“If we can get them on grade level by the end of third grade, we know that they will be much more successful,” Morgan said of teaching basic reading, math and writing skills to elementary school students. “Not only on grade level then, but third, fifth, eighth and then seniors in high school.”
Morgan said the plan consists of four pillars: students, people, parents and partners, and processes and procedures.
The district plans to present the full strategic plan to the board of education next month.