Please join schools, governments and civic organizations nationwide in saluting school board members’ dedication and hard work during May, especially during these uncertain budget times and the difficult decisions facing boards. This is a great time to shine the spotlight on our Board Members for their dedication to our school district!
Thank you Sally Good, Matt VanSickle, Tom Cleveland, Camille Schroeder, and Pete Bergstrom!
The graduation rate for Ogden’s class of 2013 was a very positive indicator for the school district. The 2014 class’ four-year cohort graduation rate was 96.15 percent. The district’s graduation rate is above the State of Iowa’s graduation rate of 90.5 percent. The graduation rate is evidence of the hard work and dedication that teachers, administrators, students, parents and community members have for our school district.
The district’s annual dropout rate percentage for students in grades 7 – 12 in the district was 1.48 percent. The dropout rate for the State of Iowa for students in grades 7 - 12 was 1.84 percent. Additionally, the dropout rate for students in grades 9 – 12 in the district was 2.15 percent. Likewise the dropout rate for the State of Iowa for students in grades 9 – 12 was 2.70 percent. The school district is very proud our dropout rates are low. Additionally, we are thankful for the support received from parent and community members for their assistance in emphasizing the importance of education.
During the course of the past school year the Ogden Community School District’s Board of Directors established a finance goal for the strategic planning process. One of the action steps for the goal was for the district to implement a facility study to determine the best and most efficient delivery of the education program.
At the April School Board meeting The Ogden Community School District contracted services with Iowa Schoolhouse Construction and Planning Services to conduct a facilities study for the school district. The beginning stages of the facility study have begun to take place.
The Board of Directors is hosting a meeting on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, to get input from the public. The meeting will be held in the high school cafeteria beginning at 6:00 p.m. Representatives from Iowa Schoolhouse Construction and Planning Services will facilitate the meeting. This meeting is an important step in planning for our school district.
Throughout the past year the Ogden Community School District has been working on developing a strategic plan. The strategic plan will provide a focus and guide the district’s efforts over the course of the next five years. The district’s teachers, School Improvement Advisory Council and school board provided input into the development of the plan. The first step of the process was to develop a shared mission and vision. The mission and vision clarifies our purpose and provides direction for the future. The district’s mission and vision statements focus on student learning and future opportunities for out students.
Engage, Educate and Empower
Ogden Community School District will inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers to persevere and succeed in meeting tomorrow’s opportunities.
The second step of the process was to develop long-range goals to support the mission and vision of the school district. Our goals established priorities for the school district. Each goal is supported by an action plan that will be put in place over the next five years. Six long-range goals were developed:
GOAL: We will monitor and plan utilizing the seven general fund key financial indicators.
GOAL: We will provide an engaging relevant and challenging curriculum in a student centered environment utilizing common formative district assessments that guides growth in student learning.
Climate and Culture
GOAL: We will promote, develop and cultivate a safe learning environment of mutual respect between all students, teachers, parents, and community members.
GOAL: We will create resourceful and adaptable students that engage with technology, fostering higher education and workplace success.
GOAL: We will increase the effectiveness of the communication within our district and throughout the community.
GOAL: We will promote opportunities for students to be involved in at least one co-curricular or district approved community activity each school year.
Each of the above goals is extremely important for the success of our school district, the students we serve and our community that supports us. The strategic plan will be put in place beginning in the 2015 – 16 school year. Plans are currently being made to market the plan to our community. Community presentations will be made in the upcoming weeks to share the strategic plan. The district is working with Heartland AEA’s Creative Services Department to develop printed materials to assist us in communicating the strategic plan. Future articles will follow explaining each goal more specifically.