Looking back at the 2015-2016 School Year

Article by Joe Stutting

June 7, 2016

The North Scott Community School District’s 2015-16 school year has come to a close and I am proud to say it was another successful year at North Scott. As the Superintendent of Schools, I could not be more proud of all our students and staff on their accomplishments.

The 2015-16 school years saw the high school remodel project completed and opened. The new entrance, offices, and library are very impressive. The SAFE Room Project at John Glenn Elementary was completed in the spring. The addition will not only provide a safe environment for the school and community during high wind events, but adds needed educational space for the building. The Board of Education also approved the addition of a fitness center at the high school to increase space for our physical education and athletic programs. The extra gym space will allow students to get home earlier from practices and more access to our feeder programs. The district continues to see great things happening because of the one cent sales tax and PPEL.

One of the most impressive things about North Scott is the number of students participating in activities. Our programs are strong at all levels and student successes are so numerous, one article could not cover all of them and I would not want to leave anyone out. Each success is the result of students and staff who are willing to work hard along with the support provided by parents and community.

This year was our first year of having teacher coaches at each building. We are lucky to live in a state that believes in providing support to build the capacity of all teachers. Just like athletes, our teachers are getting better as a result of coaching. We are also able to improve our curriculum as a result of the coaches. I am excited to see how this program will improve student learning over the next few years.

During the past year, the district worked on developing a strategic plan. We believe that the North Scott school district needs to be a district of choice that maintains “hometown values.” We want to produce students that thrive for a lifetime of success and are committed to operational efficiency, improved curriculum, system oversight, increased communication with the community, and increase student achievement. Success will be tracked by the percentage of students whom are college and career ready in math and reading, on-track to graduate rate, attendance of both students and teachers, and parent and student connections to school and teacher collaboration. The North Scott school district believes in tracking success by using data.

It is an honor and pleasure being the Superintendent of Schools for the North Scott Community School District. Our district has a bright future ahead and I am looking forward to the 2016-17 school year!  

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