With a new school year officially beginning on September 3, I am pleased to begin putting plans into action and striving to reach our goals in Paterson Public Schools. Our roadmap, or guide to achieving success, comes in the form of a District Strategic Plan. This plan should be of interest to every resident and stakeholder in Paterson. While our most important goal is to significantly improve student achievement, the Strategic Plan also pinpoints other objectives that are critical to this endeavor, such as increasing family and community engagement, improving student attendance, decreasing the drop-out rate, and much more.
In finalizing the Strategic Plan, I am relying on the insight of my professional Advisory Group, district Leadership Team, Board of Education members and also this Paterson community. Residents, public officials and stakeholders will have several opportunities to review the District Strategic Plan, beginning with a community meeting hosted by the Paterson Education Fund at Passaic County Community College on Saturday, October 3, 2009. Also in October, I will host six community forums, one in each city ward. At these forums, the plan will be discussed and a public survey will be distributed. The schedule for our forums is below.
After final review by Lucille E. Davy, Commissioner of Education, the District Strategic Plan will be completed and implementation will begin in January, 2010. The plan will be printed and available for review, and also posted on our district website, along with important updates, as we reach our various goals.
With the assistance and the support of the Paterson community, the new District Strategic Plan will serve as the valuable tool we need – directing our efforts and keeping us focused on improving student achievement. There are numerous ways to contribute to this effort, and I strongly urge every parent, resident and community member to join in. Together we’ll work as one community, building a bright future for the children of Paterson.
Donnie W. Evans, Ed.D.
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