Summit School District lists progress on goals |

Summit School District lists progress on goals

Millie Hamner

In my Wednesday column about the Summit School District, I referenced the Annual Report to the Community for the 2003-2004 school year that is available on our website at or by calling the Central Office at (970) 668-3011.I will continue to highlight the district goal accomplishments here.– Goal No. 3: Summit School District teachers will be highly qualified. Teachers will continuously be trained and coached in adopted program and strategies. Indicators of success will include 100 percent participation in district-adopted training programs and in the classroom application of adopted programs and strategies supported through individual professional growth plans and teacher evaluation.We attract highly qualified teachers to Summit schools and 98 percent of our teachers meet the federal guidelines for No Child Left Behind.Our Summer Academy focused on a variety of trainings including technology and instruction to assure that our staff is equipped to implement new programs.Our instructional team, principals and academic coaches are providing ongoing modeling and coaching in the classroom.

We have implemented the International Baccalaureate (IB) instructional model of Inquiry K-12, along with other models of instruction, to provide teachers with a foundation for making wise instructional decisions. The administrative team frequently visits classrooms to support teachers and monitor the effectiveness of our instructional program and strategies. We will continue to provide ongoing professional development for targeted groups of teachers in order to monitor and support the implementation of programs. n Goal No. 4: Summit schools will encourage, promote and support parent and community involvement at all schools in an effort to inspire community commitment and responsibility to our students. Indicators of success will include participation in Parent Teacher Conferences and other school events, volunteerism in the schools and in numbers of participants attending Board of Education-sponsored meetings and outreach activities.By conducting nearly 50 community election presentations, much progress was made in interfacing with our public and building community support for our schools. Board meetings are interactive and include a revised work session format and a focus on recognizing outstanding staff, students, and community members.

We have significantly improved our communications by using Channel 10 for updates and information, writing regular press releases, district newsletters, and articles in the Summit Daily and by sending frequent updates via the E News Bulletin. PowerSchool, our student information system, enables increased communication between the school and home.– Goal No. 5: Summit School District will further develop revenues and maintain the highest standards of fiscal responsibility. Indicators of success will include the annual audit, public awareness and understanding of the district’s finances, and the formulation of a citizen’s advisory committee.The new Silverthorne Elementary School opened on time and under budget.The Chartwells Food Services contract, the leased space of the new Summit Education Center (formerly Silverthorne Elementary), and the consistent financial stability evidenced by our sound credit rating and performance are examples of exhibiting fiscal responsibility. Our successful election has allowed us to increase stakeholder understanding of the budget process which we will continue through the formulation of the Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committee. — Goal No. 6: All departments (Facilities/Maintenance, Food Service, Transportation, Human Resources) will deliver quality services that support instruction and the well-being of all children in our care. Indicators of success will include the attainment of department goals, and the establishment of budgets and operations focused on achieving Goals 1-4.

All departments have established goals focused on supporting the instructional program. We have significantly improved our operations in Food Service with the selection of a new director and the establishment of the Food and Nutrition Services Advisory Team. Under the leadership of ARC, the district’s construction management firm, we have an improved project management system. We have updated our instructional technology system to prepare our students for their future and provide our staff with the tools they need.We could not be realizing these successes without the support of our parents and community members and the tremendous efforts of our staff. We are fortunate to have the ingredients we need to work together to build the best possible public education system for our children. I look forward to continuing to meet community members, groups, and organizations to hear your ideas about how we can continue to improve the quality of our educational program.Superintendent of schools Dr. Millie Hamner can be reached at (970) 668-3011 or

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