As a District, we are embarking on our next five-year strategic plan and we need your help. If you are a student, staff member, parent, business owner or community member – we want to hear what you have to say about the Wentzville School District. How do you think we are doing and what do YOU think should be our priorities or areas of focus over the next five years in order for our students to be successful?
As I reflect on the goals of our last Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and all that we have accomplished over the last five years – it is remarkable and a testament to our staff and students given the challenges of our continued growth. We have added over 2,500 students over the last five years. We have also opened three new schools and constructed 74 additional classrooms at seven existing schools, thanks to your support. In conjunction with providing adequate learning space for our growing number of students, we also met the vast majority of goals set forth in our last strategic plan:
- We expanded foreign language offerings to include our middle school students;
- We have expanded STEM offerings to students in elementary, middle and high school;
- We have implemented analytical tools to track internal and external communication in order to gauge its effectiveness;
- We have fostered relationships with community partners to assist us with both outreach and curricular efforts;
- We have more than doubled the number of laptops and tablets in our schools (5.350 to 11.200). We expanded our 1:1 technology initiative to include middle school students and improved our elementary student to technology ratios from 1:9 to 1:3 (despite adding hundreds of new students each year);
- We introduced Early College and additional opportunities for dual credit for our high school students;
- We secured a grant to purchase a larger building to expand our early childhood special education services;
- We’ve signed guaranteed performance contracts to address the needs of our older buildings;
- We have increased our intervention services at all grade levels and hired additional Educational Support Counselors to assist our students who are struggling;
- We purchased the Mind Development Center to expand opportunities for our students with specialized needs;
- We have developed hands-on learning opportunities with mentors in the healthcare, business and technology fields through Ignite initially and now the St. Charles County CAPS consortium;
In other words, our teachers, administrators and our entire staff are doing remarkable things preparing our students for life after graduation and setting them up for success. We will continue to be forward thinking, leading the way as an example for others – but as we shape what the next five years will look like for our students, we absolutely need you to weigh in.
Our first community engagement meeting on Tuesday, November 27th at 7pm at Timberland High School will focus on teaching and learning. In an effort to engage as many of you as possible, there will be an opportunity for you to follow along on Facebook Live if you are unable to attend the meeting in person. Two additional community engagement meetings around finance, facilities, and staffing and community and culture are scheduled for January 15th and February 12th.
Strong schools are built by strong communities. Thank you for supporting what we do. I’m so proud of where we’ve been and what our students have accomplished, and I’m very excited about what lies ahead for WSD students, staff and this exceptional community.