Board Goals

RCPS School Board

Goals and Ideas 2019-2020

SMART goals – Specific (something we can observe happen), Measurable (something we can count to determine impact), Actionable (has steps to be achieved toward the goal), Relevant and realistic (consider low effort, high value goals), Time bound (times are set for achievement)

School Safety – Ensure the continued safety of all children and youth who attend RCPS.
1. By September 30, create and/or revise crisis prevention and threat assessment protocols at each school with delineated evidence-based security measures and practices
2. By January 30, train 90% of all personnel, as well as School Board Members, in the crisis prevention and threat assessment protocols
3. By January 30, finalize the MOU between RCPS and RPD and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office, and make available publicly
4. By June 1, assess the need for further funding for equipment or staffing by examining data collected on number and severity of crisis events and threats to security for the 2019-2020 academic year.
5. Conduct feasibility study for installing seat belts on select/all school buses and by July 1, make a decision regarding the use of school funds to install seat belts.

Achievement Gap & Impact of Poverty – Reduce the long-standing academic achievement gap for students who live in poverty, students with disabilities and students of color.
1. At least 50% of Students identified as economically disadvantaged, special education and African-American will achieve passing scores on English, Math, Science and Social Studies Standards of Learning Assessments conducted in Spring 2020.
2. Implement the following school improvements and assess their impact on a quarterly basis through student surveys, benchmark testing and other measures: One Lunch, modified block learning schedule, infusion of STEAM learning activities in every academic content area, project-based or integrated learning opportunities, revised lesson plan format for teachers that include connecting instructional objectives to relevant real life skills as well as differentiated, enhanced and contextualized vocabulary instruction.
3. For students with disabilities, create and implement a set of specially designed instructional strategies implemented in the general education classroom and measure impact on a quarterly basis.
4. Embrace a collaborative approach to solving this achievement gap by hosting three community forums in relevant neighborhoods to gain meaningful input on the problems and the solutions as seen through the eyes of families and youth.
5. Conduct planned and sustained recruitment efforts for minority candidates - For new positions this year, recruit and hire at least 1/3 qualified candidates of color.

Determine physical plant needs re: all RCPS facilities - Create a ten-year plan for upgrading all RCPS facilities and building an Innovative Center of Teaching and Learning associated with Radford High School.
1. Complete the detailed design process for the renovation of McHarg Elementary by January 2020 and initiate phase 1 of renovation June 2020.
2. With the city, explore building re-use options for ICTL instead of new construction.
3. Create a five-year plan for renovations and instructional use of Arnheim House.
4. Work with City Council to create new funding structures to support Radford City Schools; consider revenue sharing, raising property taxes and public private partnerships and have report ready on feasible options July 1 2020.

Expand our CTE course offerings through cooperative efforts and regional programming.
1. Sustain efforts towards increasing and documenting CTE course offerings and the number of certifications received by students in those courses
2. Create a Health Sciences and Health Information Technology track in our CTE course offerings.
3. Hold at least two meetings with school divisions from surrounding counties to explore the development of regionalized CTE programs, in particular nursing.

Other Recommendations
1. Parliamentary Procedures
2. Recognizing the Arts (especially the band)
3. Review of salary scales at middle level for teachers and for classified staff
4. Board Self-Evaluation
5. Use of Arnheim House
6. Revised Evaluation Instrument 2019