PILOT MOUNTAIN — “Lighting Pathways to Global Success” is the theme of the Surry County Schools’ (SCS) 2015-2018 strategic plan, unveiled last week at a community meeting.
The initial meeting took place at Pilot Mountain Middle School, with sessions planned for Surry Central and Gentry Middle later this month.
The Leadership Team of Surry County Schools, along with input from multiple stakeholder groups including the SCS Teacher Advisory Council, the SCS Parent Advisory Council, and the SCS Board of Education, worked to develop a three-year strategic plan for the Surry County School System.
“The five goals and priorities included in the strategic plan begin with a strong commitment from within their educational community, including families and community partners,” according to Dr. Travis Reeves, superintendent for SCS.
“The mission is a commitment to educating every child through a customized and personalized approach and is the vision that will drive the strategic plan,” said Reeves.
The five goals of the strategic plan are:
Goal 1 — To produce globally competitive students graduating from high school prepared for work, further education and citizenship. “Think globally and act locally.”
Reeves, explained that every student has a choice in what they want their educational pathway to be. “Flexible learning” is the term he used to describe the choices each student could make, within the SCS system. STEM, a coordinated course of studying marrying science, technology, engineering and math, is one of the pathways that Reeves highlighted as he said those types of careers are in high demand in North Carolina.
Summer Kreegar along with Janna Blackeney, introduced Calista Stone, a student who has a particular interest in the STEM pathway. Calista, with the help of her parents, is able to choose which path would be best suited for her and how Surry County Schools can help her achieve her goals, through the Surry Parent Academy.
Goal 2 — To ensure, through the interconnectedness of knowledge, skills, and performance, every student has a customized and personalized education.
“Today’s education is very much different than it is has been in years past,” stated Reeves. He gave an example of a smart phone that can download different apps to fit the needs of the individual using the phone as to how the school system personalizes education for each student.
Goal 3 — To attract, train, and retain quality personnel with skills to deliver “21st century content to ensure every student has excellent, positive educators” every day. SCS hopes to provide growth opportunities and a positive learning environment for their staff over the next three years.
Goal 4 — To develop up-to-date financial, business and technology systems to serve SCS students, parents and educators.
“Providing digitally rich learning environment at all levels,” is how Reeves said this goal would affect students.
Goal 5 — To provide healthy, safe, responsible environments and a caring culture for all students and staff. “Engaging parents, business partners and community members to impact student success” through a local partnership with companies such as Renfro Corp., “students are able to gain workforce experience working as an intern their senior year of high school.”
“Plan your work and work your plan,” said Reeves, as he described how they would reach this strategic plan over the next three years to better all 8,463 students who are enrolled.
“After speaking to a few students after the program, they said their eyes were open to opportunities they didn’t know they had, and that’s what we are trying to do,” said Reeves.
Surry County Schools will host sessions to discuss the strategic plan Oct. 15 at Surry Central and Oct. 20 at Gentry Middle. Light refreshments will be served from 6-6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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