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Lindbergh school board introduces goals for coming school year


July 20, 2005 - The Lindbergh Board of Education last week introduced tentative goals for the 2005-2006 school year, including preparing for an operational tax-rate increase election and preparing for the next Proposition R no-tax-rate-increase bond issue.

During the July 12 meeting, Superintendent James Sandfort introduced the coming school year's proposed goals, which will be read a second time in August for the board's approval.

Sandfort also presented a preliminary report on progress made toward last year's goals. The final report will be completed in the fall.

"The goals for Lindbergh School District remain the same — to improve our competency outcomes and to improve our caring outcomes and to im-prove our program, service and personnel outcomes," Sandfort told the board. "Each is a reflection of the district's mission state-ment."

Sandfort told board members that although the overall goals are the same, each desired outcome, which helps measure if the district has reached each goal, has been changed to reflect the district's needs.

"The outcomes themselves have been adjusted," Sandfort said. "We have added several under the competency outcomes. We've added one or two under the caring outcomes. Program, service and personnel outcomes are significantly different than last year because we're highlighting different aspects."

Under the program, service and personnel outcomes, the board will consider whether preparing for an operational tax-rate in-crease election should be a goal for the district. Voters rejected Proposition A, a 65-cent tax-rate increase, in April, but with cuts in state funding, the district has said it may have to turn to voters again for help.

The proposed goals also suggested preparing for the next Proposition R bond issue. Facilities Director Karl Guyer said the board will consider whether to add this proposition as a no tax-rate increase bond issue to fund renovation of the district's facilities.

"There are a number of projects that I'm compiling for a number of schools," Guyer said. "None of those projects have been prioritized."

Guyer said this proposition would be much like the Proposition R approved by voters in 2000 that did not raise the district's tax rate, but instead extended the life of the debt service tax rate of first Prop-osition R approved in 1995, a $25 million bond issue. The Proposition R approved by voters in 2000 extended the debt service tax rate of 26 cents per $100 of assessed valuation from 2016 to 2020.

The district also may look into completing school prototypes to compare Lindbergh school facilities that those of new middle, elementary and high school buildings. This comparison would help the district determine what areas would need development for future projects, Guyer said.

I'd be taking a look at long-term renovations, what improvements would be re-quired to bring existing class room areas, or counseling areas or gymnasium areas up to an equal level to a school that was brand new," Guyer said.

Other items suggested for improving the program, service and personnel outcomes include recruiting high quality leadership replacements, increasing the level of positive responses on climate surveys for community development and implementing Missouri Assessment Program assessments in communication, mathematics and art for grades third through eighth.

The district has listed preparing a balanced budget with its list of goals. The board recently approved a budget that allows up to $680,000 in deficit spending for the 2005-2006 school year.

Under the competency outcomes, the proposed goals include increasing MAP scores, ACT average scores and the number of college prep certificates.

The proposed goals also list earning the Distinction in Performance award for the fifth consecutive year and to meet all federal No Child Left Behind mandates.

Under caring outcomes, the district has proposed goals include improving average citizenship scores, maintaining or increasing "givebacks" to the community, increasing the number of students who earn the Presidential Service Awards, maintaining the attendance at current rate or at a better level and decreasing the attendance discrepancy between resident students and Volun-tary Interdistrict Choice Corp. students.

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