Hanover School Board adopts improvement plans

2014-02-13T00:00:00Z Hanover School Board adopts improvement plansMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 13, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CEDAR LAKE | The Hanover School Board of Trustees has approved improvement plans for each school in the district drafted by suggestions from its administrators.

Principals from Jane Ball and Lincoln elementaries, and Hanover Central Middle and High schools presented overviews of plans prior to the approval of each.

The Hanover School Corp. faces challenges, like any district in the county.

“In order to (succeed in these conditions, you need some really good teachers,” Superintendent Thomas Taylor.

“It’s not the programs, it’s the people,” Lincoln Elementary principal Melissa Walley echoed.

Each principal presented vision statements, outlined goals for his or her respective school, and defined strategies that staff will use to help students reach those goals.

Strategies include professional development and training, technology and teamwork.

Jane Ball Principal Deborah Snedden said her school and staff have set goals that will raise math and English language arts ISTEP scores by 5 percent over a three-year period.

Current scores and skills “are not where they are supposed to be,” Walley said. “But (the data) just shows where we can do better.”

Her staff has committed to goals of a 1 percent increase per year over a four-year period.

At Hanover Middle School, the staff is committed to an across-the-board improvement in student performance, said Principal Tony Hiatt.

Strategies for reaching those goals will include real-life applications in science classes and the addition of math and language labs in the 2014-2015 school year.

The high school just went through the accreditation process with the state of Indiana, said Principal Justin Biggs. High school staff are focusing on a three-year timeline during which students struggling with a subject will enjoy help from a teacher-mentor.

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