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Committee finds community still engaged in school partnerships

Teri Vance
tvance@nevadaappeal.com

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

Transportation Services:

Elizabeth LeMay, bus driver for students with disabilities, 1987-2013

Ruth Mercier, substitute bus driver, 2000-2013

Operation Services:

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.”