Vision for schools to be presented

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Through the course of two community meetings, participants have narrowed the vision for the Carson City School District into six themes.

Teacher Ben Contine will present those themes to the school board at 7 p.m. today.

"Here's what shared vision for the community is," said trustee Ron Swirczek, who spearheaded the effort. "We will be asking the board to adopt it."

Once the vision is adopted he said, working teams will be established to create an action plan with measurable objectives for each theme.

"A lot of people have already signed up to be part of a working team," he said.

The themes are:

• Flexibility in education so students are engaged and ready to move on after graduation to higher education or career.

• Parent engagement, where cultural differences are understood and there are a variety of ways parents can participate.

• Community partnerships, where community members are given a leadership role and are encouraged to contribute time, money and ideas.

• Student health, where students are enabled to become strong, safe, and independent.

• Modern learning, with an emphasis on preparing students for a changing economy in a global market. Students will be exposed to cutting-edge arts and technology.

• District cohesiveness so teachers and students are clear about expectations regardless of school.

Around 70 members of the community participated in the process.

"To me, it's just wonderful that the community wants to do this," Swirczek said. "At the end of the day, students are going to benefit. It's unfolding exactly the way I had envisioned this."


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