Committee finds community still engaged in school partnerships
Also at the school board meeting, retirees who have worked more than 10 years in the Carson City School District were honored. They are:
Carson High School:
Robert Baker, NJROTC instructor, 1996-2013
Betty Foerster, computer lab, business teacher, 2003-2013
Patrick Houlihan, assistant principal, 1994-2013
Peter Lathrop, various sciences teacher, 1987-2013
Carson Middle School:
Ellen Fallon, algebra teacher, 1992-2013
Kevin Fallon, physical education teacher, 1988-2013
Terry Parent, science teacher, 1989-2013
Lisa Schuette, health and career and technical education teacher, 2000-2013
Eagle Valley Middle School:
Yvette Griffith, math and Spanish teacher, 1994-2013
Gaylea Manning, librarian, 1989-2013
Stephen “Mike” Mathis, special-education teacher, 2001-2013
Debra Sliger, para professional, 2003-2013
Bordewich-Bray Elementary School:
Catherine Adams, second-grade teacher, 1985-2013
Koni Elliott, counselor, 2003-2013
Annette Hodorowicz, second-grade teacher, 1989-2013
Pamela Miller, cook/baker, 1989-2013
Susan Peterson, second-grade teacher, 1979-2013
Empire Elementary School:
Gayle Edwards, special-education teacher, 1982-2013
Maria “Connie” Fotinakis, English-as-a-second-language aide, 1997-2013
Linda King, first-grade teacher, 1998-2013
Gayle Magee, first-grade teacher, 2002-2013
Hollie Miller, para professional, 1996-2013
Edward Toniatti, lead custodian, 1976-2013
Fremont Elementary School:
Martina Akerley, first-grade teacher, 1988-2013
Carol Brugger, para professional, 1990-2013
Robin Ross, Success for All facilitator, 1992-2013
Fritsch Elementary School:
Diana Easby, fourth-grade teacher, 1996-2013
Mark Twain Elementary School:
Darlene McClurg, third-grade teacher, 1992-2013
Tracy McQuay, first-grade teacher, 1993-2013
Margaret Stillwell, special-education teacher, 1995-2013
Seeliger Elementary School:
Virginia “Karen” Collier, third-grade teacher, 1998-2013
Sydney Hannon, kindergarten teacher, 1991-2013
Pioneer/Opportunity High School:
Charles Burt, alternative education teacher, 2003-2013
Professional Development Center:
Christine Butson, English-as-a-second-language administrator, 1996-2013
Marsha Nichols, senior office specialist, 1998-2013
Elizabeth LeMay, bus driver for students with disabilities, 1987-2013
Ruth Mercier, substitute bus driver, 2000-2013
William “Bill” Rose, mail delivery driver, 1990-2013
While the Carson City School District’s strategic plan has been successful in helping to forge relationships with the public and met many of the other goals outlined, there is a need for renewed focus and increase in collecting data, according to a report from the committee overseeing the process.
“There’s much to be proud of,” said teacher Ben Contine, chairman of the committee, who presented the report at Tuesday’s Carson City School Board meeting. “There’s still a lot of work to do.”
The committee was formed at the urging of trustee Ron Swirczek, who, when he took office in 2011, argued the district needs to establish a vision. At the first open meeting, in August of that year, to collect ideas for the school district’s vision, more than 70 people showed up. They were teachers, parents, business and city leaders. About the same number showed up to a second meeting the following month.
Five themes were determined as most important to improving the Carson City School District: Community Partnerships, Engaged Parents, Healthy Students, Curriculum, and Exceptional administrators, teachers and staff.
“This is one of the most comprehensive community efforts in the history of the Carson City School District,” Contine said.
As part of the plan, an annual review is required. In the first year’s review, Contine told the board, the committee found an increase in community partnerships and an improvement in all the areas. However, he said, the results are anecdotal.
The next goal, he said, will be to create more specific methods of collecting and measuring data. The committee is also being redesigned by consolidating the five sub-committees.
“By doing so, the Carson City School District will takes its place as a district of national renown, and students from our system will take their place as leading innovators and thinkers in our rapidly changing world,” the report states.
Swirczek said he’s pleased with the progress the committee has made.
“As it all comes together, I can see the benefits for the kids,” he said. “They’re benefitting now, and they’re going to benefit into the future.”