the next five years, in addition to providing a base for district
District administrators, teachers, classified staff, parents,
students and community members participated in group sessions to
discuss ideas and strategies on how to handle various school issues.
Trustee Tom Egan was absent.
WHAT IT MEANS
The district plans to redesign its high schools in terms of
curriculum, scheduling, environment, instruction and community
involvement. A greater emphasis will be put on online classes and
more open scheduling for students. Staff members will also be trained
on the redesigned high school structure, according to the plan.
Board members will attempt to meet students' needs by expanding
after school and summer programs, by providing greater career
preparation training and by planning to reach the potential of
students with unique needs.
Other notable objectives include maintaining site modernization at
the current level; providing preschool access for all children;
expanding course offerings in visual and performing arts programs;
ensuring greater teacher access to science materials; implementing
greater access to online resources; and increasing training
opportunities for professional development through the creation of a
teacher training center and demonstration school.
PLANS FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
Trustees approved principals' Single Plans for Student Achievement
in one fell swoop after meeting with each of Newport-Mesa's 23
principals Nov. 16 and 17. The plans gave the board notice as to
individual school needs so they can devise ways to address them.
Some of the plans called for more advanced reading programs for
all schools and, specifically, a continued emphasis on English
Learner programs for Costa Mesa schools.
Three Costa Mesa schools failed to meet statewide progress
standards, and principals equated much of that to the language
Board members Tuesday gave each principal kudos for the hard work
in organizing the plans and said they look forward to seeing them
implemented. Trustee Tom Egan was absent.
WHAT IT MEANS
District staff members will work with each school to ensure that
each of the principal's concerns are addressed. Staff members will
present test data to the board for reassessment as it's collected,
and new programs will be implemented as needed.