ShareThis Page

Hampton schools update mission

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 11:46 p.m.

In the process of creating an updated comprehensive plan, the Hampton Township School District Comprehensive Planning Committee realized a need to update the district's mission statement.

The comprehensive plan, as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, highlights 13 areas or systems for the district to focus on and develop strategies for implementation from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016.

Last week, Assistant Superintendant Jo Welter presented the 55-page document to the school board for review.

“We spent days talking about different systems and the things we do … and identified accomplishments and concerns,” Welter said.

Welter said the comprehensive plan “stays the course” with the district's annual goals, building goals and teacher goals. However, through discussions, the Comprehensive Planning Committee, made up of teachers, administrators, school board members, community business representatives and parents, determined it was time for the district to also update its mission statement.

“I don't think we changed the mission statement dramatically,” said Mary Alice Hennessey, a school board member who served on the planning committee. “I think we just expanded it.”

No one at the school board meeting could remember the last time the mission statement was revised. Welter said the new mission statement focuses on creating innovative, creative and problem-solving students.

School board member Greg Stein complimented the committee on the pragmatic and easy to understand wording.

“I was impressed with the verbiage,” he said.

However, school board member Gail Litwiler did question the revision of changing “student” to “child.”

Hennessey pointed out the new mission uses both words within the two-sentence statement and also attempts to place focus beyond the boundary of the community.

The school board was scheduled to approve the comprehensive plan at its Monday, Nov. 12, meeting. The plan will be on display for public inspection for 30 days.

Current mission statement:

“The Mission of the Hampton Township Schools is to educate individual student by creating partnerships among staff, parents, students and community and by providing a positive atmosphere in which student become lifelong learners and people of character who can achieve high expectations. One school district… one community… one vision to perpetuate our tradition of educational excellence.”

Revised mission statement:

“Hampton Township School District works collaboratively with the community in support of every child becoming creative and innovative problem-solvers and communicators. The District maintains high expectations by furthering our tradition of excellence as our students develop the knowledge, character and integrity to impact the world.”

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.