Wake Ed

August 7, 2014

Community identifies Wake County school system’s top priorities

The three goals that received the most votes were recruiting, developing and retaining high-quality employees (84 percent); providing a rigorous, appropriate education at all academic levels (62 percent); and graduating students on-time, college and career ready, and preventing dropouts (58 percent).

Did the more than 700 people who attended Wednesday’s town hall meeting pick the right goals for the Wake County school system to focus on in the new strategic plan?

As noted in today’s article, the three goals that received the most votes were recruiting, developing and retaining high-quality employees (84 percent); providing a rigorous, appropriate education at all academic levels (62 percent); and graduating students on-time, college and career ready, and preventing dropouts (58 percent).

Of the other seven focus areas, only one other received the votes of more than half the people who attended.

Offering students a wide-ranging curriculum (e.g. world languages, performing and visual arts, career and technical eduction courses) and extracurricular activities (e.g. athletics and clubs) got 53 percent.

Click here to view the list of all 10 areas and how many votes each one got.

A strategic plan work team will use Wednesday’s result to draft a proposal that will be presented to the school board in December.

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