Webner presents goals to LCS School Board

Friday, August 12, 2022

LE MARS — The Le Mars Community School District Board of Education reviewed the 2022-2023 Superintendent Goals presented by Superintendent Dr. Steve Webner at its Aug. 8 meeting.

The goals focus on personal, professional and instructional improvement aligned to district long-term goals/priorities, according to Webner.

The Personal Professional Development Goal stated, “Manage fiscal resources responsibly, efficiently, and effectively in order to improve educational opportunities and maintain long-term district financial health.”

Webner said he plans to participate in Iowa Association of School Boards and Iowa School Finance Information Services learning opportunities.

“It will be good for me to go to the trainings,” he said.

Webner said he will also continue to advocate for proper funding for Iowa public education with elected officials.

The Instructional Improvement Goal stated, “Leverage curriculum development framework and leadership for improved student outcomes.”

In this area, Webner has four points of action: work with administration to ensure alignment/implementation of research-based continuous school improvement processes; identify barriers to instructional leadership and develop plans of remedy; provide opportunities for the Board and DLIIT to receive update reports regarding curriculum and student achievement data; and ensure training access and opportunities for improved student outcomes.

He wants to make sure protocols are in place.

The board will discuss Webner’s progress quarterly during September, December, March and June. A formal evaluation of progress on these goals will occur during the superintendent evaluation process conducted in February, as required by board policy.

Webner indicated the goals are qualitative rather than quantitative with no hard figures coming immediately for board review.

Board member Jane Arnold said she would like to see numbers as part of the reporting process.

After further discussion, the board approved the goals and plan as presented.

In other action, the board appointed school nurses Jolynn Sitzmann and Dona Lias as Level I investigators of abuse by school employees and the Le Mars Police Department as Level II investigator.

The board also appointed a representative to attend the Iowa Association of School Boards Delegate Assembly to be held in November. Kyle Plathe was appointed delegate with Aaron Tolzin as alternate.

The board’s annual introduction of teachers new to the school district will be held at 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12, in the Le Mars Community Schools Education Service Center, before the monthly board meeting.

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