Student success focus of roundtable

first_imgHow could Vancouver Public Schools effectively engage more parents, seen as critical to student success?How might local employers, churches and other civic groups best serve mentoring and after-school programs?Should those programs be mandatory, if cost and transportation needs were met?These and other weighty questions were posed at an invitation-only roundtable hosted by district officials Monday.Nearly 50 individuals from business, nonprofit, faith-based and government sectors, plus a dozen other select students, parents and educators, were led through four hours of discussion by a hired facilitator.The topic: “Sharing Responsibility for Student Success” — one of four main prongs of the district’s long-term strategic plan. Listening closely were Superintendent Steve Webb, top district administrators and two school board members.Webb said the district must move purposefully to create partnerships with lasting impact, each with clearly defined roles and responsibilities.While the concepts may be lofty, there is a real timeline.For the upcoming 2010-11 school year, Vancouver plans to steer $1.5 million from current remedial learning programs to 12 “Opportunity Zone” schools affected by high poverty.Among recipients would be Discovery and Jason Lee middle schools, dinged by Washington state as poor performers based on lagging student test results.Also included would be McLoughlin Middle School, plus most feeder schools for those middle schools: Harney, Martin Luther King Jr., George Marshall, Peter S. Ogden, Eleanor Roosevelt, Fruit Valley, Hough, Lincoln and Washington elementary schools.The proposal can’t match the nearly $9 million in competitive state grants that Vancouver failed to land for Discovery and Jason Lee this spring. It does offer a blueprint to expand community outreach and after-school activities and mentoring, however.last_img

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