Plan For Progress (PFP) - What Is It?
Northridge Schools have faced many recent challenges. Thankfully --- due to the support of our generous voters and the measures taken to operate in a lean manner while still protecting the classroom – we have righted the ship and are looking at positive financial numbers and have advanced academically.
It is critically important that we build upon this recent progress and create a roadmap for our future that ensures our schools offer a high quality education while operating in an efficient manner.
Education is changing, and we need to ensure our district is prepared to meet these challenges. We need a clear plan, built on our vision, mission and Viking values, which can help prepare Northridge kids for careers, college and life.
Based upon recent conversations with the community, it is clear what issues we need to address – Maintaining Lean and Efficient Operations; Academic Achievement; and Modern Facilities. Our Plan for Progress will provide Northridge Schools Leadership measureable objectives to reach our goals.
In order to be successful, community feedback is vital. Northridge Schools have created a two-phased process to ensure we reach our goals.
Phase I: The first phase will go from September to December. During this time, 3 small work teams, comprised of volunteer citizens and supported by school personnel, will lead a conversation on each of the issues identified:
The three committees will meet bi-monthly to discuss what it takes to address each item and what can be done to reach our goals. At the conclusion of their work, each committee will present their research and initial findings.
Phase II: The second phase will take place from January to March. The findings of the committees’ work will be presented to the board of education. School leadership will then meet with the community to discuss the committees’ findings and gather additional feedback.
Finalization of Plan for Progress: The final plan was presented to begin implementation in the 2015-2016 school year.
Plan For Progress Community-Led Group Recommendations
The Plan for Progress (PFP) presented its findings and recommendations to the Northridge Board of Education. The community-led group, which has been meeting for nearly two years, has developed a roadmap for the future of our Northridge Schools. The goal of the committee was to recommend a plan that would ensure our schools offer a high quality education while operating in an efficient manner.
The committee conducted extensive research and analysis of the district’s finances and academic plan, and learned more about facility needs. The committee reported that the current state of our elementary and middle school learning environments were holding our students back from reaching their full potential. Not only do they lack modern learning space, but it has also become extremely costly to maintain our nearly 100 year-old Alexandria Primary building, which is not the best use of our taxpayer dollars.
Based on these findings, the committee recommended that the board of education consider closing the Alexandria Primary building, renovate the middle school, and construct a new Prekindergarten-6th grade building. This plan would consolidate all schools onto one campus – to be located by the current high school and middle school property.
Through the construction of new schools and renovating the middle school, the district would eliminate the Intermediate School trailers so that students can attend class in traditional classrooms, provide modern learning spaces that are needed to prepare students for today’s world, and upgrade building security.
Thank you to the many staff members, residents and parents that were part of this important process. The committee worked hard, was exhaustive in their research and knows how important our schools are to the community.
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