- Identify the levels of performance for each department and direct reports within the organization.
- Maximize resources to focus on the development of leadership capacity for meeting annual goals focused on high student achievement and to ensure a successful exit for all graduates.
- Examine HCCSD’s current professional learning opportunities for all staff and plan a systematic course of action for a high-quality professional learning program aligned with the district’s strategic plan.
- Assess current expectations and programming for leadership development and create an organized pipeline of competent, instructional leaders for the classroom, school and system.
- Ensure the recruitment and retention of a highly effective staff with the ability to accelerate the academic performance of all students.
✓ Met collectively and individually with all Central Office employees; collectively met with members of the executive leadership team
✓ Created/enhanced a “Team Jaguars” culture, District-wide; Created systems/processes that enable interdepartmental collaboration and expect interdepartmental accountability.
✓ Developed and reviewed briefing documents from each division/department. Documents will include areas of major responsibility, major initiatives underway with projected timelines, significant/potential problems, and major decisions that need to be made. Using these documents will allow for quick understanding of the district’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to progress.
✓ Conducted a retreat and training schedule with executive leadership team to review HCCSD master plan and the most recent school improvement planning process, most recent achievement data, review current or anticipated vacancies in central office and school sites, discuss leadership team structures and practices, and determine how communication and decision-making will occur with executive leadership team including establishing meeting schedules, protocols, and systems designed around increased student achievement, continuous improvement and addressing district issues.
✓ Met with school principals and teachers to determine their perception of the quality and accessibility to student achievement data and the level of support offered by the central office staff.
✓ Met with the Department of Curriculum & Instruction to determine: (1) appropriate action steps to obtaining a world-class curriculum and supports needed for the curriculum – including the determination if an updated curriculum audit is required to assess alignment between the written, taught, and tested curriculum; (2) current state of our district assessment philosophy and system; and (3) instructional supports provided to teachers and staff.
✓ Reviewed and evaluated the district’s efforts around Leadership Development and succession planning for school leadership and central office personnel.
✓ Determined the current protocol and means for schools to collaborate and share best practices by level and feeder pattern.
✓ Reviewed critical documents, including, but not limited to: policy and procedures manuals; BOE meeting minutes for last year (and further back as necessary); student achievement data; financial projections and budget processes for the past three fiscal years; legal proceedings; facility reports; accountability plans and processes; project management protocols and plans; and safety and emergency plans.
✓ Reviewed the current schedule and format for principal meetings to ensure meetings are beneficial to principals and aligned to district goals.
✓ Reviewed and evaluated how much autonomy and authority principals have in the current organizational structure and determined how much access and opportunity they have in decision-making and how to increase their role.
✓ Reviewed and evaluated all necessary plans and procedures to ensure preparations are in place for an outstanding opening of school and establish protocols for assessing effectiveness of the opening of schools.
✓ Reviewed district’s financial projections, resource allocation and budgeting processes; assessed how district’s budget and budgeting processes are aligned to support student achievement.
✓ Conducted one-on-one meetings with lawyers to review any current legal proceedings or outstanding judgments against the district and to provide a briefing on state education code with particular attention to statutes currently impacting or likely to impact the district.
✓ Reviewed any other audits or reports conducted by outside agencies.
✓ Reviewed and evaluated the district’s current process for establishing departmental goals