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BOE to vote on strategic plan, policies Nov. 5

Staff reports • Updated Oct 25, 2017 at 3:01 PM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport’s Board of Education got an update on the Kingsport City School’s e-Learning vision Tuesday night at its work session, as well as a report on the revised Strategic Plan for 2017-18 and a review of policies, the later two coming up for a vote at the early November meeting.

A report on district's e-Learning vision came from Laurie Norris, KCS e-Learning Coordinator She said the use of technology in the learning environment provides a key resource to transform the teaching and learning process. Among her points:

•Canvas is the online platform KCS has selected to use for online classes. Canvas simplifies teaching and learning by connecting many digital tools in one easy-to-use framework.

•Canvas is used to host digital content for virtual, blended and face-to-face courses.

•The Canvas platform is also used as a collaborative tool for professional learning courses and within the educational community for items such as course templates, new teacher orientation and book studies.

•Since e-Learning's inception in KCS, 22 courses have been fully developed by KCS instructors, 744 students have completed online courses and the library of online resources and digital content continues to expand.

A report on the revised KCS Strategic Plan for 2017-18 came from KCS Director of Performance Excellence Michael Hubbard.

•The revised Strategic Plan is a compilation of work conducted throughout the 2016-17 year in an effort to systematize the structure and better align the plan with initiatives occurring throughout the district and the KCS Guiding Tenets.

•The Strategic Plan has four measurable long-term outcomes: 3rd grade reading, high school readiness, college readiness and career readiness.

•Each outcome is related to one or more of the KCS district goals, as found in the Guiding Tenets. Each has multiple objectives set forth to ensure the outcomes are met in a timely manner.

•Each objective then has one or more strategic initiatives which are broken down into action steps to be achieved by the action team, objective owner, and objective sponsor.

•Board acceptance of the new Strategic Plan for 2017-18 will be sought at the Nov. 5 BOE meeting.

Policy reviews, proposed changes and one new policy recommendations came from board member Todd Golden and Andy True, assistant superintendent of administration. 

•Policy 2.703 - Audits is a new policy to specify corrective action steps and requirements for school boards with findings in their annual audits.

•Policy 3.202 - Emergency Preparedness Plan is a revised policy amended to comply with Tennessee law regarding annual emergency drills.

•Policy 3.400 - Student Transportation Management is revised to comply with state law regarding the basic duties of a transportation supervisor with respect to safety complaints.

In addition to reviewing these three policies in preparation for a vote Nov .5, Golden and True recommended that all other policies in section two of the KCS Policy Manual, having been reviewed by the Policy Review Committee, be affirmed as passed as part of that meeting's Consent Agenda.