CLAY COUNTY – The school district’s newly-released 2018-19 annual report showed gains and highlights across the board.
Superintendent Addison Davis and his staff create a strategic plan and the 2018-19 plan was comprised of five goals: developing great educators and leaders, improving the management of district-wide operations and facilities, establishing a respectful climate and culture that provides equity and access to all, creating effective data systems and train individuals to leverage information and developing and supporting great educators, support personnel and leaders. The report showed how each of these goals were met.
“I am excited to release the 2018-19 annual report that provides insight on how well the school district fared with implementing our strategic plan” Davis said. “The report validates that our systems and processes are working and that there is a clear organized plan for improving teaching and learning along with the overall operations of the school district.”
Some of the highlights from the first goal include an expansion in school choice offerings, instructional coaching certification for 100% of all principals and social-emotional curriculum implementation at every school. The district also had Clay High recognized as a national model for their criminal justice program.
Another success point goal was the district built Discovery Oaks Elementary debt-free and saved on synergistic costs to the tune of $3.5 million. Elsewhere, it launched a new food truck initiative, improved its reserve fund balance and took the school district from an overall A-minus to a standard A-grade.
In terms of academics, of which goal three is mostly made up of, the district saw gains in International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education diplomas, math and reading scores, and with a high school graduation rate that rose from 84.7% to 90.1%.
Moving onto the fourth goal, the district developed and implemented Leading Efficiently by Continuous Analysis and Data Driven Decisions and hired and retrained minority candidates at a rate of 90%.
The final goal saw academy coaches redesigned to be college career coaches as well as communication opened up throughout the district to allow monthly open dialogue sessions with Davis to identify how to improve systems and processes.
Everything listed was just a fraction of what was in the annual report. Additional highlights can be found at claytodayonline.com where we’ve scanned the entire report for reader viewing.
Beyond the goal highlights listed in the annual report, Davis said many of the county’s schools received a grade higher than the year prior. Of the district’s 27 elementary schools, 24 are now rated A or B, and 73% of Title 1 schools in Clay County are rated A or B as well. District-wide, seven schools improved their school grade by at least one letter and 21 of 40 schools showed overall gains in their score.
Davis said none of the accomplishments would have been possible without the support of the school board and employees.
“I am so proud of our team and our collective effort to establish high expectations coupled with high supports,” Davis said.
Davis said he will dive deeper into the annual report at the upcoming school board meeting on Dec. 12.