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District 289 rewrites its school motto

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 26th, 2013

MENDOTA – The Strategic Planning Committee met to revise the district’s mission and goals, stated Kristen School, Mendota Elementary District 289 superintendent at the March 20 Board of Education meeting. The district’s school board members, administrators, and several teachers and parents comprised the committee. They worked to address the strategic planning needs in four areas: safety and welfare, student learning and achievement, community relations and involvement, and finance and facilities. Through the course of the four meetings, they rewrote the district’s motto, “Family – School – Community: Partners in Learning.”

They also clarified a new mission statement and goals. From here specific plans will be set to accomplish these. “We need to revisit the strategic plan each year and make sure that we are meeting the needs in the district and find potential solutions,” stated School.

School thanked all those involved on the Strategic Planning Committee. “I hope to educate our community in a better manner on the things that are happening and the needs within the district,” she said.

Dave Knottnerus spoke to the board about the summer migrant program. He told the board he has requested a grant for $77,326 along with an incentive grant for $3,000. The incentive grant will be used for implementing and buying materials for the new summer math program. “We still have some migrant families that travel from Mendota and Mexico, but they are getting fewer. A lot of the families that have been coming for a long time have children that are out of school now,” said Knottnerus.

For the students that still come to the program, the migrant program gives them an opportunity to get extra help or catch up on missing credits. The focus of the program is mainly math and reading. The program averages 34 students from pre-k through high school. Criteria to be a part of the program requires proof of parents moving to the area with the intent of getting an agricultural job. Then, their children are eligible to attend the migrant program for three summers.

For the complete article see the 03-27-2013 issue.

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