Fairfield Parents and Community,
As a district we are becoming more and more focused on what we need in the upcoming years, thanks to the input from our Strategic Planning Committee consisting of three school board members; staff input including teachers, directors, and administrators; and community members from Soup with the Supe meetings. All of this information has been used to align our resources and energy to meet the needs most important to our district. This has been all decided locally with very little input from state and national data, but district data.
We have decided to pour our attention into two challenges. The first is the academic needs based on what students will face when they graduate from Fairfield. Our graduation rate in excellent. We are seeing graduates struggling with courses at two year and four year institutions. Many have to take remedial courses after they are out of high school. We would like to see an increased percentage of students attending and finishing any post-secondary education, including Technical Schools and programs. How we plan on focusing on this is getting parents and students interested in occupations and post-secondary institutions as early as middle school. With this align students’ interests with the courses offered at our school that will assist with getting them ready. Each student will be monitored based on his or her interest through high school and the plan for them adjusts to their choices.
The second need that faces or district is that of our facilities. We constantly need to update our fleet of buses due to the fact of the amount of miles that are put on them every year. The capital improvements that are planned and unplanned to keep our campus as updated and functional as possible are necessary every year. We do foresee issues with needs for our students as we look ahead to the next 10 to 20 years. There is a clear understanding of a want and need. From input from all the stakeholders we have met with, the obvious needs emerge. An auxiliary gym on site to remove the practice of having students driving early in the morning every day to allow for high school practices as well as sending our middle school teams to two different sites. Four classrooms to replace an aging modular on the east side of the school to assist in security concerns is another need. There are concerns with the space in our cafeteria and how to handle the specifications expected of us feeding every Prek-12 students. Our current facilities are in great shape for an aging building due to the amount of care that has gone into keeping it up. The board of education is exploring their options to see what can be done to address all of these challenges to our district.
I hope to see you at a Soup with the Supe meeting if I haven’t already. My next stops will be at the Sunflower Center in Sylvia on February 2nd and then at Abbyville on February 23rd at the Community Church. The last stop, but of course not least will be in Plevna on March 23rd at the Community Center. They will all start at 6 pm.
Superintendent of Schools USD 310 Fairfield