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Schools to eye six-year plan

Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jan 3, 2014 at 11:41 PM

The county school system is not expecting any significant changes in 2014.

Director of Schools Tim Setterlund said he isn't looking for any "dramatic changes" for the remainder of this school year and said the focus is on getting students prepared.

"There are two big parts," he said. "One is student learning; we're doing all that we can to help the students learn." 

He added that making sure the teachers are equipped with what they need to help guide students is another priority. To that end, there are several professional development courses being offered.

With three new deputy directors in place beginning Monday, Setterlund said the trio will begin to identify the "critical needs of the school system."

One of the tasks will be to communicate the financial needs of the schools to the public, said Setterlund.

"When we get around to the discussion of the budget, we want people to know about our needs before we take it to the county commission."

Perhaps the biggest task will come in the spring. Setterlund pointed to the development of a new plan for the entire system.

"The big effort this spring will be on six-year strategic plan," he said. "Taking a hard look at what is it we do well and areas we need to improve. We want to develop district wide goals and the action plans necessary to achieve those goals."

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