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North Syracuse releases goals for the 2013-14 school year

— Explore innovative strategies for using time

Maintain and promote a safe environment

The second goal, Speach said, has two parts, both aimed at creating a more supportive environment.

“Basically, effective schools have some things in place,” she said. “They have a culture of collaboration, they have a culture of trust and they think creatively about using the limited time they have to do the work that needs to be done.”

The first part, clearly, needs involve a physically safe environment.

“Promoting a safe environment needs to be there at the forefront,” Speach said.

But the environment needs to be emotionally safe, as well, for adults and children alike.

“We need to demonstrate mutual respect,” Speach said.” We’ve been through some rough times in this district, and we need to take a step back and think about how we interact with each other — students, parents, teachers, administrators, community member. We have to be modeling respect at all times.”

  1. Provide fiscal stability to support student learning

Prepare a balanced budget in a timely manner that is transparent in its development and understandable to its constituents

Be accountable for utilizing all resources appropriately in accordance with state and federal requirements

Maximize state aid and grant funds

“Last year’s budget process was not a smooth one, and we’d like this year’s to be better,” Speach said. “We’ve already started working toward this year’s. We’re committed to a more transparent process this year, a more timely process this year. We want to put forth a budget that people are better able to understand. We’re also actively pursuing grant funds.”

For more information on the district’s 2013-14 goals, visit nscsd.org.

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