Item #12 on Tuesday’s Board Meeting Agenda is to rescind the TUSD Strategic Plan.
I am alerting you to this vote because you were a participant and essential to the creation of this Strategic Plan, which won the Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Award in December 2014. This document guides and directs district staff towards the vision you set, which we should be committed to fullfilling.
Ten Accomplishments related to the TUSD Strategic Plan:
- Increased enrollment
- Increase minority student enrollment in AP, IB and dual language programs
- Expansion of Culturally Relevant Instruction (2923 students, 78 teachers & 123 classes)
- Repurposed two closed schools to create early learning centers and a pre-school pipeline to recruit kindergarteners into TUSD.
- Parent Link- automated digital communication with families
- iVisions- new ERP system that modernized our HR and Payroll Depts, which are now practically paperless
- Time Clocks- Hourly employees time cards, now digital and paperless
- FAMIS- Facilities software for work orders for all district repairs
- CLARITY -EBAS (Evidence Based Accountability System) software that documents academic growth and progress of all student groups, a priority set within the desegregation court order.
- Expanded district broadband network offering wireless connection across 100% the district.
Ten Projects that will be halted or delayed if the Strategic Plan is abandoned:
- Pass a bond to finance maintenance repairs and facility upgrades across the district
- Expand marketing of TUSD to compete with charters & private schools. This is critical with the recent passing of school vouchers in Arizona.
- Build curriculum version 4.0 to include gifted, exceptional ed and ELL programs
- Leverage State Legislature for traditional Public Education
- Expand legislative work to include a TUSD parent advocacy network
- Achieve a 1-to-1 student to computer ratio across the district
- Continue established partnerships with the business community
- Communicate with parents using multiple media outlets
- EdSi- continuation of EBAS to surpass desegregation order requirements
- Jeopardize Microsoft 365 partnership and adoption of this core operating system for students and teachers across the district
If this new TUSD Board plans to continue the ten projects outlined in red above, but votes to abandon the document that establishes the goals and timelines to assure they happen, then this…like their ousting of HT Sanchez…is personal, petty and counterproductive. Our community deserves better leadership than this.
Please visit the plan on the TUSD Website (because it will be removed if they vote to rescind the plan) and review the projects, progress and accountability reports that were submitted to document the district’s work towards building the vision you helped establish. The previous Board and superintendent were on track to complete the work by 2019. I encourage you to contact the current Governing Board members either via email or at the call to the audience at our next meeting, Tuesday June 13th beginning at 5:30pm and share your thoughts and concerns about this important decision they are about to make.
Thank you for collaborating with us, for supporting public education and caring about TUSD!
Kristel Ann Foster
TUSD Governing Board Member
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