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Planning a 2020 Vision for Carroll Dragons

Nov 19, 2013 02:34PM ● By tina

School News by David J. Faltys Ed.D., Superintendent CISD

Thanks for the birthday wishes! It’s hard to fathom that I am half a century old, and there are some days that I’m physically reminded I’m not as young as I used to be. For many, one of the first signs of aging is blurred vision — taking care of yourself and having clear vision is important both personally and professionally. The older you get, the faster time seems to go, and looking at school pictures of my children is a constant reminder of that fact.

It’s already November in Carroll ISD, and soon we’ll be halfway through another school year. Test scores on Advanced Placement tests, STAAR, ACT and SAT show that our students continue to outpace their peers in Texas and in the United States; Carroll athletic teams are on pace to help defend their back-to-back Lone Star Cup championships; we had one of the strongest finishes ever in the UIL Marching Band Contest with fourth place; and our Theatre Department wowed audiences with Les Miserables.

In turn, this year we enrolled 120 students in our new STEM (Science, Technology Education and Math) program, launched Operation SAFEdragon, received a sizable grant from The Hudson Foundation to build a new astronomy observatory for our students, and we are wrapping up the last of the projects approved by voters in the 2009 bond program.

Day-to-day we are doing great, but we have to ensure we maintain vision clarity. That’s why the CISD School Board and Administration is interested in developing a roadmap to success for the future. Work will soon begin on a 12- to 18- month process to create a written, five-year Strategic Plan for Carroll ISD. A consulting firm will work closely with a Strategic Planning Committee, which will be comprised of employees and community representatives.

The group will focus on the following areas: a profile of Dragon learners; student engagement in the learning process; personal and emotional skills for learning; quality school leadership; effective teaching and learning for district staff; supportive facilities and budgeting for learning; and engaging and partnering with parents, our workforce and the community in order to maximize support for Carroll ISD's 2020 vision.

Opportunities will exist for staff and patrons to provide input and feedback, even for those who are not sitting members of the actual Strategic Planning Committee. More details on the selection and makeup of that committee will be shared in the coming weeks and months, but I could not be more excited about working to identify a strategic plan that will take the Carroll Dragons to the year 2020.

Our mission, vision and core values provide us with a strong foundation for making decisions for student success. Our District Improvement Plan helps us continue to raise the bar and rigor for our students annually. But it’s also a good idea to have a plan that forecasts out another three to five years. The discussion alone is going to be challenging, and I believe the process will land us a 2020 vision that will guide us successfully through the next half decade.

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David Faltys, Superintendent CISDDr. David Faltys serves as Superintendent of Carroll Independent School District, the largest 5A Exemplary district in the state of Texas.  He was named by the 2010 Region XI Superintendent of the Year after being nominated for the award by his local School Board.