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Odessa-Montour sets school goals

ODESSA—The Odessa-Montour school board met Thursday, Sept. 24 to set their new goals for the school district.
In the end, the three new goals are improving communication, creating a long term financial plan, and improving academic excellence.  Board President Debra Harrington suggested communication and the board agreed it be communication between everyone; board members, the superintendent, staff, and the community.  That was also one of the board’s goals from the 2006-07 school year that Superintendent Jim Frame said he felt was not met.  The board discussed several ways to get more community involvement and interest.
Board member Scott Westervelt said board members should meet more with staff.  Frame said he would make it a point to send board members a list of school events so if they want to attend one, they can.  He added that making staff aware of the esteem they are held in was one of the former goals wrapped up in the new goal.
Harrington suggested a “Meet the Administrators” event like the board held several years ago.  Frame said it would be appropriate because of the two new principals and two new board members.  Harrington also later added she wanted to see a digital sign outside the Odessa school building that could list upcoming events.  The board also said the school Web site should be improved.
Board member Chris Scata said the board would need to do long term financial planning, at least two to three years into the future.  He said that is when schools will be hurt the most, when the aid runs out.  Harrington added with having the same board members for the next two years it would be a good time to do a zero based budget.  Frame said that is where the board goes and asks every department to make a list of all supplies they will need and the costs.  That then becomes the basis of the budget.
The board agreed there needed to be an educational goal as well so will work to improve excellence.  Frame said that with the recognition Odessa-Montour is getting for improvements, he wants to see one school become a Blue Ribbon School.  However, he said it was a long process for the state recognition.  Westervelt said he wanted to see graduation rates improve.  Walter said he wants the school to help identify students that would get more out of vocational training and encourage them to go to BOCES.  

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