In the past, the district agreed to employee contracts it could not afford.  Now, in spite of the tax increases, the district has run about 3 million dollar deficits for  each of the last 3 years.  Expenditures must be brought into balance.

Consider options to the instructional model the district uses.  Evidence indicates the current model is effective for some students, but is less successful with  many others.  Let’s explore using instructional models that might provide an opportunity for more of our students to be successful. 

A principal cannot be aware of what is happening in classrooms and hallways if he/she spends all day in the office.  Good management calls for a principal who is visible to both students and adults.

Responsiveness to parents must improve.  The board should instruct the superintendent to direct all staff, school based and central, they are expected to respond to parents by the next school day.

All cases of bullying must be reported to the principal.  Weekly reports of bullying, indicating students involved and actions taken to modify the behavior of the bully, should be reported to the superintendent and passed on to the board members.

Provide the superintendent with goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.   The district’s fuzzy goals must be replaced with S.M.A.R.T. goals if the district’s problems are to be solved.


  1. Herschel Elias says

    These ideas are excellent. I especially like the one where the principal is supposed is supposed to leave his office and see what is going on in the school. When I taught too often principals locked themselves in the office and did nothing to stop the bedlam in the school while counting their number of days to retirement. This has to be changed. Also costs-employee costs have to be controlled. Our real estate taxes in Cheltenham are the highest in the state and 80% of it is school board taxes. Good luck wigh these ideas .

  2. Elaine Rosenstein says

    Outstanding quality Plans and Goals!

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