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Butler Co. school system adopts new improvement plan

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As new teachers in the Butler County school system introduced themselves to the community Thursday night, the school board also introduced and approved its new strategic plan- its five year plan for improvement.  

"We knew that we needed an improvement plan for our district so that we set goals and work towards those goals and watch our progress towards meeting those," Superintendent Amy Bryan told the crowd. 

The plan is patterned after the State Department of Education's improvement plan called Plan 2020. The plan is divided into four broad categories: Learners, Learning Supports, System Operations, and Teaching & Leading. The Butler County school system's central office has also been reorganized to go along with the state's education improvement plan. 

Four committees-  made up of employees, parents and community members- worked for months to devise the new strategic plan, aiming for improvements at every level.

"We're implementing the college and career ready standards. We're also looking at more advanced classes for our students, pre AP from third grade all the way to 10th grade and strengthening our dual enrollment in AP classes in 11th and 12th grade," said Dr. Tera Simmons who helped develop the strategic plan for Butler County schools. 

Along with opportunities for both excelling and struggling students, the plan also looks to boost system operations and teaching.

"We're working on ways to provide professional development to teachers without pulling them from the instructional time," Bryan added. 

Other key things the Butler County school system has set its sights on are increasing technology opportunities and creating a long term plan for their facilities. 

"I think the system needs the vitality that a plan like this can bring and I am grateful to all those who participated in bringing it about," said school board member Joe Lisenby. He said the real challenge will be keeping up with the plan to achieve the goals outlined in it. 

Butler County schools will be taking a step back from time to time to judge their progress. Benchmarks have been put in place to make sure goals and time frames are met.

"This did not need to be a superintendent's plan. It needed to be a community plan. It needed to represent all of our schools, all ages and even our community," Bryan told WSFA. "You go to good places when you have a goal and you have a plan to get there and so that's what we hope to do is to improve ourselves through this method, this tool of self assessment."

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