Northeast Tarrant

CISD school plan aims to improve learning

Carroll officials recently unveiled a new strategic plan to address the needs of all students, prepare today’s kids for the jobs of the future and inspire them to compassionate service.

A 39-member committee,which included parents, teachers, administrators, community leaders and two trustees, began work last fall to develop a framework for future progress.

Many of the members were on hand at the May 18 board meeting for a first reading of the document and a special reception honoring participants.

“It was a fun process,” said Superintendent David Faltys. “I’m really excited that it will benefit every single child in the district.”

The document includes 46 suggested action plans in eleven areas which include student well-being, financial efficiency, security, effective communication and support for all students’ post-secondary goals.

“We want to look at every child, not just the gifted or special ed kids, but to reach every student, ” said Melody Anderson, a committee member and special education teacher.

Anderson said that Carroll schools need to use appropriate technology, project based learning and collaboration to prepare children for future jobs, many of them new careers that don’t exist yet.

J.J. Villarreal, assistant superintendent of student services, said that adding “compassionate service” to the district’s core values was an important outcome in the process.

“We want to make sure that compassionate service guides the district in developing opportunities for our students to know what it means and make it part of who they are,” Villarreal said.

Trustees and administrators soon will begin looking at the action items, setting priorities and timelines.

Faltys said, “It’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.”

Committee member and parent D’Lissa Cunningham said, “I think it will be interesting to see it all unfold. Students for years to come will benefit from it.”