Sabine Parish School Board
As reflected in our Motto, “Committed to Excellence”, the Sabine Parish School Board has established one (1) District Goal in the area of student achievement. The purpose of having one (1) goal is to focus our attention toward academic excellence for all students. The board, parents, and community expect school staff members to develop a plan for board approval which will ensure that students demonstrate subject matter competency, and every school will ensure that all students learn to use their minds well, so they are prepared for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment in our modern economy. The Sabine Parish School Board Goal is:
By the end of school year 2007-2008, all campuses in Sabine Parish will advance two (2) accountability levels.
Simply stated, the Sabine Parish School Board wants to see our One Star Schools become Three Star Schools and our Two Star Schools become Four Star Schools by the end of the 2007-2008 school year. To accomplish our goal, the District Improvement Plan should address the following objectives:
1. All students will start school ready to learn.
Even Start, Head Start, and Four Year Old Programs will ensure student access to a high-quality and developmentally appropriate preschool program. Each parent will have access to workshops and support that will enable them to become their child’s first teacher and devote time each day to helping their child learn.
2. High school graduation rate will increase and the dropout rate will decrease.
We will dramatically reduce the dropout rate, thus increasing the graduation rate. The gap in graduation rates between minority and non-minority students will be eliminated.
3. All students will exit each grade level after demonstrating competency over challenging subject matter including English, mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography.
To demonstrate competency, we will develop an ever-changing and challenging curriculum that moves from the basic state standards and toward higher level thinking skills of the ACT. Students will demonstrate the ability to reason, solve problems, apply knowledge, and write and communicate effectively. Also, all students will be involved in activities that promote and demonstrate good citizenship, good health, community service, and personal responsibility. Understanding our rich diverse cultural heritage must be an integral part of the curriculum. Academic time will be protected and staff development provided to ensure proper curriculum implementation. Specific programs to address includes: academic disciplines, college entrance placement, remediation programs, guidance and counseling, Option III, Fine Arts, vocational and technical training, and Advanced Placement Performance.
4. Attract and retain quality staff
While monetary compensation is not the major reason teachers enter the profession, it is an important factor in attracting and retaining the highest quality educators. In order to compete for top talent, we must offer competitive salaries to our staff, along with professional development. New teachers will enter a mentoring program where master teachers will provide guidance and counseling. Interdisciplinary or team teaching and common planning time will give teachers needed support. A “Grow Your Own Teacher” program will be implemented. Staff must be treated as professionals. Once a teacher is hired, we will provide the needed support and resources needed for student success.
5. Every adult will have the opportunity to complete a GED program.
Partnerships will be established between school organizations including Head Start, Even Start, and the Four Year Old Program. Once a school partnership is established, the school partnership will extend to parents, community, and businesses. In order to implement a comprehensive parent involvement program, we will offer more adult literacy, parent-training, and lifelong learning opportunities to improve ties between home and school and enhance parents’ and home lives.
6. Every school will be free of drugs, violence, and the unauthorized presence of firearms and alcohol and will offer a disciplined environment conducive to learning.
Every school will implement a firm and fair policy on use, possession, and distribution of drugs and alcohol. A firm and fair discipline policy will ensure that students and staff are provided a healthy environment at each school. Policy will ensure that all schools are free of violence and presence of weapons. Drug and alcohol curriculum will be taught as an integral part of sequential, comprehensive health education. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated. A community-based team will be organized to provide students and staff with needed support.