Liverpool Dr. Richard Johns’ fourth annual State of the District address painted a particularly rosy picture of the Liverpool Central School District, highlighting instructional gains, successful capital projects and improved graduation rates, among other developments made over the last year.
“Each one of these reports indicates significant improvement in the systems in place to respond to the needs of our children,” Johns said. “I am extremely proud of the individuals employed by the district in both the support and instructional sides of the house, and I can attest that the work of these individuals is highly synchronized, effective and producing never-before-attained results.”
The 2011-12 school year was not without struggles, however, according to Johns’ report. Budgetary concerns dominated board discussions and stressed relations with the community, and enrollment continues to decline, though at a slower rate than it has in the last 10 years.
Johns’ address, given at the Sept. 24 LCSD Board of Education meeting, was divided into eight sections, each tackling a different aspect of the district.
Johns had high praise for the district’s Improvement Division, led by Assistant Superintendent for School Improvement Dr. Maureen Patterson.
“It is very obvious to me… that the efforts of the Improvement Division have paid huge dividends in terms of the professionalism of our staff, the focus of our programs and the classroom benefits to our students,” he said.
The Improvement Division, with the aid of administrators, lead teachers and instructional staff, have developed Essential and Enduring Learnings (E2s) and Data Point Assessments (DPAs), which provide School Excellence Teams (SETs) with information that help formulate plans for students to help them master basic skills. If the students are unable to master those E2s at the same pace or in the same as their peers, they’re able to develop plans to assist them.