Friday, July 28, 2000

Covington school panel unveils goals

Diversity, family support key objectives

By Reid Forgrave
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The beleaguered Covington school system took a step toward improvement by approving a new mission statement for the district at a board meeting Thursday night.

        A strategic planning team recommended the broad initiative that hits on many topics, such as diversity, family support for learning and a community that encourages learning. The mission statement will take effect this fall.

        The team is made up of more than 30 members of the community, including students, teachers, parents, administrators and educational consultants.

        The planning committee began constructing its mission statement last August. The Kentucky De partment of Education issued a scathing scholastic review of the district in June.

        The mission statement covered most of the topics the state's report inquired about, said Trisha Brundage, a parent and member of the planning team.

        “If all the students followed these beliefs, we would diminish our challenges and improve our successes,” said Ms. Brundage, who flew back from a family vacation to attend the meeting.

        Interim superintendent Jack Moreland thinks the plan is a step toward improvement.

        “If we embrace these elements as a school and a community, we cannot fail,” he said.

        The board will meet Aug. 10 to discuss the district's response to the state's report. The state must receive a response by Aug. 15.


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