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Henriksen proposes MAP, SIAC goals for school district

Sep 19, 2017
Photo by: Grace King New Mt. Pleasant School Board members Martha Wiley, Kevin Sandersfeld and Will Amos (not pictured) were sworn into office on Monday, Sept. 18.

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Martha Wiley and Will Amos were sworn into office as newly-elected members of the Mt. Pleasant Community School District School Board after the school board meeting on Monday, Sept. 18. School board elections were held last week.

David McCoid was reappointed and unanimously approved as board president. Karl Braun will remain vice president.

During the regular session meeting, Mt. Pleasant Community School District Superintendent John Henriksen introduced his proposed action plan and goals for the 2017 to 2018 school year.

Henriksen plans on helping each principal in the Mt. Pleasant School District set a Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) goal, which he will hold them accountable to. He hopes that by setting out these goals, the School Improvement Accountability Committee (SIAC) and parents will be able to say they understand the direction of MAP.

“I’m very hopeful it would look like improved MAP growth scores as we set forth in our school year,” Henriksen said.

Henriksen also wants to see the schools more deeply implement positive behavior intervention systems (PBIS), which he said came from the SIAC committee. The elementary school has already spent a day in PBIS training, and the middle and high school will undergo training in October.

The third goal Henriksen laid out was promoting and enhancing relationships between the school district and “regional workforce partners,” such as the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance and the Henry County Economic Development Corporation. Henriksen wants to begin conversations with these organizations to let students know what regional work force opportunities are available.

Henriksen mentioned that Mt. Pleasant Community School principals will continue with a book study on “What Great Principals Do Differently” to help the district with the goals he’s laid out.

“It takes a lot of time to meet with every principal monthly,” Henriksen said. “But I’m committed to that. This is where we’ll talk about their goals and how I can help their work and support their work.”

Henriksen’s proposed goals are based on the Iowa standards for school leaders with input from the school advisory committee.

The superintendent’s proposed action plan and goals will be reviewed by the new board and discussed during the next regular session on Monday, Oct. 9.

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