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 Strategic Planning at CAB Revolves Around Extracurriculars, Technology

March 4, 2009 - The Charles A. Beard School Board continued its strategic planning efforts at a special meeting held Feb. 23. The board developed belief statements for three more of the eight categories that are being addressed as part of its long-term strategic planning. With Student Achievement, Curriculum and Instruction, and Budget/Finance covered at the first two strategic planning meetings, the board worked on the Extracurricular Activities, Facilities and Technology categories on Feb. 23.

With respect to Extracurricular Activities, the board agreed to the following belief statements:

   *Extracurricular activities enhance the educational experience, and develop a sense of accomplishment;

   *Extracurricular activity programs are central to the development of student and community pride, character and development; and

   *Extracurricular activities promote a student's ability to maximize their life potential.

As for the Facilities category, the board came up with four belief statements:

   *Facilities must provide an optimal learning environment;

   *Attractive, properly maintained and energy efficient facilities are critical to an effective learning environment;    *Facilities are a community asset; and

   *We have a responsibility to maximize the use of our facilities for educational purposes.

As the meeting neared the two-hour mark, the board had just begun working on the Technology category, coming up with two belief statements:    *Technology should be modern and progressive and embraced by students, faculty and staff; and    *Incorporation of technology in all facets of education is a priority.

The board had been scheduled to meet March 2 for another strategic planning meeting. However, due to illness of a couple of board members, the meeting was cancelled. CAB Superintendent Gary Storie told The Banner that the meeting has tentatively been rescheduled for Monday, March 9, at 6 p.m. in the school board meeting room at CAB's central office, 345 N. Adams St., Knightstown. The meeting is open to the public.

Storie told The Banner that there is also a meeting of the Knightstown High School Building Corporation tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m., in the school board meeting room at CAB's central office. That meeting, which is to address possible refinancing of debt on the high school, is also open to the public.

Official notice of the March 9 and 10 meetings had not been received by The Banner as of the deadline for this week's issue. Persons interested in attending these meetings should contact CAB's central office at 345-5101 to confirm their date and time.


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