Blanco ISD’s District Planning Team held its first meeting Wednesday, September 28, at the BISD central offices.
“The District Planning Team is very important to the District’s growth and improvement,” said Superintendent Dr. Buck Ford. “We value the ideas and contributions we receive from our planning team.”
Kathy Anderson, BISD Director of Special Programs, said, “The District Planning Team includes parents, business and community representatives, teachers, principals, our superintendent, and other district staff. They all provide valued and needed input from a broad base of representation throughout our community to help us improve student performance.”
One of the charges of the District Planning Team is to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment. During Wednesday’s meeting, the team broke out into four groups, and assessed the District’s needs in four categories: Demographics, Student Achievement, Technology, and Family and Community Involvement.
Groups generated ideas onto display charts, then reported back their findings to the team as a whole.
“I was so impressed with the excellent, in-depth feedback identifying our strengths, needs, and the top priorities for improving our students’ achievement on the new, more challenging standards,” said Anderson. “We are so fortunate to have such outstanding members on our District Site-Based Decision Making Team.”
Olga Campa was team leader for the Family and Community Involvement group. “Our subcommittee meeting was great,” said Campa. “Being in small groups worked really well. We got to hear ideas from each person, and got a better picture of everyone’s thoughts of activities in our schools and what we can do to improve family and community involvement.”
Anderson said, “All in all, our new approach in developing Blanco ISD’s comprehensive needs assessment through smaller subcommittee groups seemed to be a huge success.”