Chris N. Patricca, School Board Member, District 3 - March 2017
The Lee County School Board is operating as a highly effective team as we seek to improve student educational outcomes by overseeing the implementation of Vision 2020, the School District’s strategic plan. As you may already know, there are four important components of Vision 2020.
- Increase student achievement
- Increase family and community engagement
- Increase retention of effective and highly effective employees
- Become a model continuous improvement organization
We are working to achieve the first goal in a number of ways. The first is monitoring student achievement so that we can individualize instruction. We are focused on increasing Pre-Kindergarten enrollment, improving educational outcomes for all students, and creating the Lee County Standards for Excellence, which will allow our students to master materials that will help them succeed in their college and career endeavors.
Our second goal is being implemented successfully in a myriad of ways. We are increasingly engaging our business partners to determine how to best prepare our students for success upon graduation. Our District Advisory Committees, made up of community members and stakeholders, are helping generate fresh, innovative ideas that we can implement across the district. Your School Board members are visiting schools and attending community events so that we can get to know you and better understand the challenges we must face and overcome to be a World Class School System.
For our third goal, we are using innovative techniques and programs to ensure every classroom has a highly qualified teacher, and every school is fully staffed with talented, dedicated professionals. We have held recruitment events in Puerto Rico and Pittsburgh and are set to go on tour to several states this year including Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey and Ohio. We are stepping up our use of technology in recruitment to capture the best college graduates in the nation. We have also implemented a “Grow Your Own” program in many of our high schools so we can give our students early exposure to the teaching profession. We want to incentivize these future teachers to stay in Lee County after attaining the necessary education and certification. We are working on teacher retention by giving our teachers a voice through the Superintendent’s Teacher Advisory Committee, the Exceptional Student Education Advisory Council and by maintaining an open relationship with the Education Associations of Lee County. Through these relationships, we are able to gather input about the working conditions in our schools and address those needs effectively.
Our final objective is being addressed aggressively and successfully in a number of ways. Each and every school has implemented its own goals to ensure that the District achieves the targets we have set in Vision 2020. We are creating a technology system that will allow us to analyze real time data to gauge how we are performing and move us forward. We are implementing changes to make our schools safer by demanding measurable improvements to security programs in our schools. Finally, we are seeking new ways to improve the relationship that all stakeholders have with the School District.
It is an exciting time be a part of the Lee County School Board. We are working well as a team to achieve all of the goals outlined here. We constantly seek your input and participation in our schools so that we can continue to help every student achieve his/her highest personal potential. These are your schools and we truly want to make sure that we are serving you to the best of our ability.
Chris N. Patricca, School Board Member, District 3