James A. Estep
Areas Of Emphasis Within Mifflin County School District For The 2019-2020 School Year
For the 2019-2020 school year we will be starting the 14th year of emphasizing twelve traits of character. Each nine weeks concentrates on one such character trait. With the support of the Mifflin County School District Board we have established the traits we will emphasize.
School Year 2019-2020 [ Responsibility - Honesty - Respect - Optimism ]
Mr. James Estep, Superintendent of the Mifflin County School District, has, according to the Board of Directors of the Mifflin County School District, either met or exceeded or is making progress toward all six goals mutually agreed upon by Mr. Estep and the Board for the 2019-2020 school year: Elementary, Secondary, Finance, Facilities, and Business/Community partnerships and Commincation.
1. High performing districts believe parents and students are their customers and expect high quality customer service within every level of the organization.
2. High performing districts have high expectations and believe that all children can learn. This is engrained in the district culture.
3. High performing districts collaboratively develop K-12 systems that support personalized learning and quality instruction.
Superintendent's Goal Areas 19-20
Superintendent’s Goal Areas: All 19-20 goal areas should support the Superintendent’s ongoing district-wide goal of continuous improvement in the areas of customer service and personalized/customized learning experiences for our students. The district-wide goal areas of customer service and personalized/customized learning were made clear beginning in August, 2010, and reiterated every year since then. These overarching goals have not and will not change.
I. Elementary C&I and Professional Development
Ongoing PD in balanced literacy practices/running records for new elementary hires. Continue PD for K-3 in Tier 2 math instructional strategies, while reinforcing Tier 1 strategies in math for grades 4-5. Develop stronger vertical curricular alignment in K-5 social studies. 4-5 literacy focus on text dependent analysis to improve comprehension and written response to text.
Curriculum focus on K-5 Computer/Library-media.
II. Secondary C&I and Professional Development
Begin 3-phase plan for adoption of Career Pathways Model for grades 9-12. Phase 1 (19-20): site visits to model Career Pathways Schools throughout PA, research literature, collect data, hold discussions among leadership team and key staff. Phase 2 (20-21): develop MCSD model, determine staffing and resource needs, revise course catalog accordingly, draft rollout plan for staff, students, and parents. Phase 3 (Fall 2021): Implement model.
MCMS developing Early Warning System for struggling students (2-3 year process).
Curricular Development focus on 6-12 ELA, 9-12 mathematics, 6-12 computer science/library-media.
Continue supporting program development/expansion at The Academy, to include Welding, Heavy Equipment, Diesel, and Allied Health Services.
Continue to work with board to make fiscal decisions based upon long-term budget outlook. Analyze additional bonds and work with PFM to determine if more savings can be attained via refinancing. Determine funding source (bond vs cap reserve) by spring of 2020 to complete phase 3 of ESCO project at EDES during summer of 2020.
Via PARSS and PASA, use ongoing legislative advocacy efforts to ensure state support for public education, including: fair and adequate basic education funding, timely state education budgets that are delivered by June 30 each year, reduction in unfunded mandates, and a revision of charter school funding formula that reflects actual costs of educating students.
Finalize planning and secure appropriate funding for Phase 3 of ESCO with McClure Company to address A/C needs at EDES for summer of 2020. Continue repaving cycle for 19-20 to include paving work at IVES and LIS during late spring or summer of 2020. This work was to be completed by summer 2019, but had to be moved in order to complete widening/bus pull-off by LIS. Continue to develop safety and security enhancements for all buildings.
V. Business/Community Partnerships
Ongoing: continue to develop relationships with business/community organizations via district presence at Chamber Business and Education meetings, County Strategic Planning Initiatives, as well as Rotary and Kiwanis meetings when invited to speak or attend. Additionally, support Directors of MCAST in their efforts to cultivate business and industry relationships through site visits, Occupational Advisory Committees, etc. Continue support of student college and career fairs via partnerships with CareerLink and local Chamber of Commerce.
Ongoing: enhance communication through increased hands-on leadership. Implement differentiated strategy to cultivate leadership capacity of District Administrative Team.
It is our belief that responsible students grow up to be responsible adults. There are no secrets, but the students must practice some habits like: Setting goals, Planning their time, Studying every day, Taking notes in class, Keeping commitments, and Proper preparation.