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Escondido Union HSD  |  BP  0200  Philosophy, Goals, Objectives and Comprehensive Plans

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The Governing Board shall set forth goals and objectives for the district. These goals and objectives shall be reviewed at the Board's annual workshop in the spring and shall be revised and updated annually to guide the Board in its policy deliberations during the year, and to serve as a plan of action for the Superintendent and staff as they provide for the day-to-day implementation of these policies. This policy is the framework for this process, and sets forth the basic philosophy of the Board, as well as specific directions for implementing this philosophy.

Mission Statement

The Escondido Union High School District is committed to provide a quality life-long education for all individuals in a safe, harmonious environment. In partnership with the staff, parents, and community, individuals will be guaranteed the opportunity to develop their unique potential.

Beliefs

In implementing its Mission Statement, the Governing Board holds these fundamental beliefs about the district and its schools:

1. We hold an uncompromising commitment to excellence.

2. We believe that our school system is the keystone of the entire public education system in this community, and, therefore, we have an obligation to be a major resource for enhancing the quality of life for all its citizens.

3. We believe that the educational process is a partnership of the entire community, including family, business, and community groups.

4. We believe that the educational program, as developed by the professional staff, should provide each student with the best opportunity to learn, to develop personally, and to experience success.

5. We believe that public education is fundamental to the preservation and advancement of individual freedoms, of democracy, and of our free enterprise system.

6. We believe that a positive self concept and respect for others are fundamental to teaching and learning.

7. We believe that the educational process should allow for the preservation of the unique heritage of each student.

8. We believe that the educational process should prepare students to live with and affect change.

9. We believe that each student should share in the responsibility for learning, and should be actively involved in the learning process, based upon the student's maturity and capability.

10. We believe that learning involves more than classroom instruction, and that cocurricular activities form an important part of the education of all students.

11. We believe that all education should prepare students to perform well as productive members of our society, and that education should involve a preparation for political and economic citizenship as well as academic preparation.

General Policies

The following general policies shall be the basis for the implementation of both the Mission Statement and the Beliefs set forth above:

1. The District will provide an orderly process for developing strategic plans to implement our beliefs, and for making critical decisions on a continuing basis.

2. Funds used to support the educational program will be administered in a fiscal sound and prudent manner.

3. All administrative positions, existing and new, will be justified in terms of measurable contributions to the District's mission.

4. Program development will not be restricted, nor excellence compromised, because of the limitations of funding, but the District will seek all legitimate forms of financial support to supplement traditional funding for programs.

5. Proposals for new programs will be accepted only if they survive the appropriate cost-benefit analyses, provide adequate staff preparation, and set in place evaluation procedures.

(cf. 3100 - Budget)

Strategies: The Nine Strands

In order to implement the Mission Statement, the Beliefs, and the General Policies, planning and implementation is divided into nine strategies, or areas of focus, called strands:

1. Curriculum and Instruction

2. Character-Building

3. School Climate

4. Personnel and Employee Relations

5. Management and Administration

6. Fiscal Planning

7. Maintenance and Operations

8. Facilities Planning

9. Community Relations

Each year the Superintendent will report to the Board at the annual board workshop in May the progress made toward specific objectives under each strand, and the Board will adopt new objectives for the ensuing year. The new objectives will form the basis for the Annual Action Plan.

Annual Action Plan

The Superintendent will prepare and submit to the Board in June of each year an annual action plan based on the adopted objectives for the ensuing year. The adoption of this annual action plan will form the basis of the approval of the budget in September. The annual action plan will be organized under the nine strands, and task forces may be created as necessary to develop specific proposals for implementation of the plan. Existing organizational structures, too, may be utilized in this development. Adequate provisions shall be made for participation in the process by all interested staff members, and by the community and by students as appropriate.

The Superintendent or designee shall keep the Board fully informed regarding the district's efforts to achieve effective schools and any hindrances to meeting district goals.

Policy ESCONDIDO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: March 15, 1994 Escondido, California