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Derry Area approves three-year plan

| Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The Derry Area School Board on Thursday voted to adopt a tentative comprehensive plan for the period from July 1, 2014, through June 20, 2017.

The three-year plan, which replaces the previous system of six-year strategic plans, will be open to public review for 28 days in the district administrative office.

The plan assigns three district-wide goals as well as assigning a specific goal to each school in the district.

The district's goals willfocus on dealing with at-risk students, recognizing best practices and enhancing staff development.

Working to keep at-risk students from falling behind will be the goal at the elementary level, while the middle school will focus on recognizing and sharing the best classroom practices and techniques. The high school's goal is to promote family and parental involvement and engagement.

“I think it's much better overall,” assistant Superintendent Cheryl Walters said of moving from the six-year strategic plan model to the three-year comprehensive plan. “... What I would see come out of strategic plans would be maybe six, seven, eight goals overreaching what was really doable. It's a nice thought to think that you can see six years down the road and have a good grasp on what your needs are at that point in time, but it's really not realistic.”

Board president David Krinock announced that the high school tennis courts — painted a shade of blue that matches the courts used for the U.S. Open — will be open for play beginning Monday, just in time for the tennis team's first scheduled home match of the season. The Trojans will host Indiana at 3:30 p.m. Monday.

In other business, the board voted to enter into a pool facility management agreement with the Derry Area Aqua Club for the high school pool and approved and authorized the submission of the Grandview Construction PlanCon Part J to the state Department of Education for review and final approval.

The board also approved the purchase of a new 2014 Ford F-550 dump truck with a snow plow and salt spreader and authorized the building and grounds committee to consult with engineering firms regarding the high school track and architectural changes to make the entrances to the high school and middle school more secure.

Greg Reinbold is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724 459-6100, ext. 2913 or greinbold@tribweb.com.

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