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Goals set for the school year

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 11:36 am

It’s always a good idea to have a rough idea of what one wants to accomplish at their workplace. It keeps a person focused and on task, always looking to see if there’s one more thing to be done. In this case, that’s precisely what Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry did at Westmoreland County Public Schools’ Board Meeting last week; he presented a list of goals before the board. The list, as it turns out, was already partially checked off, as well as significantly shorter than that of previous years.

“This list is a little bit shorter, and the reason is that there are some things that, while they were goals a few years ago, we’ve been constantly hitting the mark over and over again,” said Dr. Perry. “While we’ll keep an eye on them, I just don’t think we need to put these down on the goals anymore.”

The first goal mentioned, of course, was full school accreditation, which the county’s schools have now achieved for the second year in a row since Dr. Perry took over, making steady progress towards it each year until finally hitting the mark last year.

“The truth is, in another year, this goal will probably not be on the list either, since we’re fast getting to the point where it’s a given.”

Another important goal that is rapidly coming true was closing achievement gaps in all schools.

“This is one of the things I was tasked with doing, but I never understood why the gap persisted in the first place. The good news is we’re beginning to get teachers that believe or assume that there’s going to be a gap.”

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 9/25/19