Curriculum and Instruction
PRIORITY - Increase student achievement and academic success by strengthening educational programs and opportunities for all students, teachers, and staff.
- Increase student achievement in core areas: English/Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
- Develop and implement a district-wide system of accountability.
Use multiple sources of data to assess, guide, and strengthen instruction by:
- Designing and implementing a curriculum management system.
- Implementing a data management system to monitor student progress.
Provide instructional support programs to meet the diverse needs of all students by:
- Evaluating and improving all instructional and enrichment support programs to maximize student learning/achievement and increase opportunities for student success.
- Integrating Northside ISD goal setting process into the total instructional program.
- Ensuring all students have access to computers and instructional technology.
Develop and implement a high quality, coordinated staff development system to meeet the mission and goals of Northside ISD by:
- Implementing a system of continuous improvement in job performance for all employees.
- Exploring alternative funding/resources to expand staff development opportunities.
Safe and Secure Schools
PRIORITY - Provide a well-defined plan to promote a safe, secure, respectful, and drug-free environment for students, staff, and the Northside community.
- Develop and implement a staffing guideline for campus administration to ensure efficient supervision and safety.
- Reduce the number of Code of Student Conduct offense (PEIMS - Offense #21) by 20% over the next five years (taking growth into account).
- Implement and continue method/programs to reduce the number of alcohol, marijuana, dangerous drugs, and controlled substance violations by 20% over the next five years (taking growth into account).
- Develop and implement a standard for facility security at all NISD facilities.
- Implement a campus plan which emphasizes building blocks for healthy character develoment to promote resopnsible citizenship for all campuses by the end of year five.
PRIORITY - Recruit, develop and retain highly qualified, effective personnel.
- Recruit and hire quality staff so that 98% of all positions will be filled by the first day of instruction.
- Recruit and retain employees in 'difficult to staff' campuses and worksites as evidenced by less turnover on those campuses/worksites.
Recruit and retain a more diverse applicant pool through innovative and non-traditional programs as evidenced by:
- A 2% increase per year in minority hiring for professional staff.
- Increased numbers of quality applicants in critical needs areas.
- Comply with all No Child Left Behind requirements regarding all teachers and Title 1 paraprofessionals by 2005-2006.
Promote a culture of appreciation, support and concern for all employees as evidenced by:
- Maintained or improved retention rate for teachers.
- Improved auxiliary/classified retention rate in each employee category.
- Improved ratings on employee opinion surveys and other assessment instruments.
- Increased opportunities for professional development and career path progression for all employee categories.
Promote healthy and safe working conditions for all employees as evidenced by:
- Decreased severity of worker's compensation claims.
- Improved routine worksite safety audits.
- Improved ratings on employee opinion surveys and other assessment instruments.
- Recruit and retain quality employees through a competitive and responsive total compensation package to include salary, benefits and incentives.
PRIORITY - Develop and sustain a dynamic, integrated infrastructure of human, technological and management resources that empowers all stakeholders to enable students to learn to their fullest potential.
- Ensure that students demonstrate mastery of clearly defined technological skills required to support student achievement and lifelong learning through information acquisition, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.
- Ensure that all employees demonstrate mastery of appropriate, clearly defined technological skills and competencies required for performance of their jobs.
- Acquire and align fiscal and human resources to support technology use throughout the organization.
- Develop, implement and periodically review policies, plans, and procedures that standardize and streamline the evaluation, procurement, deployment, support, maintenance, and management of current, new, and emerging technologies.
- Provide and sustain a secure, robust, reliable, and flexible infrastructure that ensures multi-directional accessibility, links fully equipped facilities, and supports current, new, and emerging technologies.
PRIORITY - Maintain and improve a credible, comprehensive, two-way communication system to keep the Northside community connected while promoting the mission and goals of the District.
- Promote and strengthen community-focused relationships to enhance trust and foster support through strategic communication to improve District effectiveness.
- Provide timely accurate communication to staff, students, and the general community in response to crisis situations affecting Northside ISD.
- Ensure that efficient, effective, and appropriate means of communication including print, video, audio and web are used to communicate information about Northside ISD.
- Collect and utilize qualitative and quantitative data in a scientific and systematic manner to evaluate the overall effectiveness of Northside ISD.
PRIORITY - Seek and engage businesses, community groups, parents, and schools to create winning partnerships in order to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make positive lifelong personal, social, academic, and career choices.
- Standardize District systems for district-wide partnerships such as mentoring, volunteering, and parental involvement.
- Create, communicate, and execute standardized strategies for developing mutually beneficial relationships between businesses, schools, community groups, parents (i.e. shared management expertise).
- Expand the model to all Northside ISD campuses in which the school serves as a community school providing opportunities for lifelong learning, extended learning (before and after school), and enrichment activities for children as well as support services for families and other community members.
Create an infrastructure for a district-wide system of communication for all partnerships to include, for example:
- Use technology
- Input from business advisory such as Chambers of Commerce
- Create a volunteer liaison on every campus whose sole responsibility is partnership recruitment maintenance
- Develop a database or knowledge base of volunteers' skills and areas of expertise
- Develop vehicles for overcoming barriers to participation
- Develop vehicles for sharing management expertise
- Develop funding opportunities that provide tangible benefits to business partners
- Develop mutually beneficial processes to provide collaborations between parents and schools which promote student success.
- Maximize partnerships between businesses, community organizations and schools to increase opportunities for students which prepare them to enter the world of work (i.e. Smaller Learning Communities Model).
PRIORITY - Maintain and provide instructional and support facilities and transportation services for existing and growing student population in order to insure a maximum educational experience for all students.
- Build an average of 120 classrooms per year, including appropriate support rooms, based upon projected enrollment.
- Design facilities to accommodate neighborhood needs with enrollment targets of 660 to 800 for elementary schools, 1,150 for middle schools and 2,800 for high schools.
- Continue to upgrade and maintain all facilities to District standards.
- Continue to increase core number of classrooms in order to reduce portables and floating teachers on campus.
- Establish staffing ratios and operating budgets to maintain all facilities.
- Secure personnel and purchase new buses annually to meet student growth and by 2008 have a program in effect to retire 15-year-old vehicles.
Budget and Finance
PRIORITY - Pursue funding and resource options that will provide an equitable and quality education for all students while ensuring fiscal responsibility and accomplishing the mission and goals of the District.
- Communicate with and educate all stakeholders regarding the financial system of public education as well as the fiscal responsibility of the District.
- Maximize influential and effective communication with federal, state, local, and private sectors on all issues regarding the District.
- Seek ways to accommodate a growing student population through maximizing funding in grants and federal/state entitlements.
- Streamline day-to-day operations through effective use of technology and automation to be more efficient and fiscally responsible.
- Continue to aggressively pursue investment options and innovative debt management opportunities.
- Monitor and anticipate changes in state funding and the general economy in order to plan for the effective fiscal management of the District.