School plan aims to measure program performance

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At its meeting Feb. 20, the District 777 Board of Education adopted a plan it hopes will establish a process for evaluating the performance of its arts and activities program.

It hopes the plan will give it a way to set expectations and hold those responsible for meeting those expectations accountable. It also would be a way for the district to ask what more it needs to do to help its coaches and advisors become more successful.

In 2016, the board of education authorized moving with developing a strategic plan, for its arts and activities program, Supt. Dennis Laumeyer said. Activities Director Shannon Schmidt has been working with him since last November to work on the plan to reexamine the district’s efforts to improve activities and athletics.

One part of that effort is the school district’s  “Braves Pride Plan.” It has three basic components: The chain of command, the Arts & Activities Vision statement developed by community members and BHS students, and the district’s Five Pillars for Success.

The chain of command is the flow of accountability for the programs. It starts with the school board, then goes to the superintendent, the activities director, to the coaches and advisors, and finally to the parents and student participants.

The vision statement says, “In Benson’s united community, we value our programs that maximize student potential and school pride. We hold students to the BHS standard to be respectful, responsible, and dedicated young leaders.”

The Five Pillars for Success and guideline for developing them include:

1) The school district provides appropriate facilities for activities. It also provides support and training for coaches, advisors and participants.
2) Advisors & coaches implement the goals of the Arts & Activities plan with fidelity. The have an expectation that athletes attend off-season training.
3) Participants are involved in all in-season and off-season activities. They work on their skills on their own. They always possess a positive attitude.
4) Parents ensure their children participate in all in-season and off-season activities. They ensure their children attend and participate in all parent opportunities.
5) The community provides appropriate facilities for activities. It is positive and supportive. Its members follow the fan code of conduct.

“It is not so much a plan, but a reexamination of what is being done,” Laumeyer said of the Brave Pride Plan.

”Overall, what we are hearing from the community is accountability,” he said. “What we are going to be working on is laying out those steps of accountability for the five pillars critical for success of our programs. That is for our advisors, coaches, participants, parents and community members....


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