STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #1: COMMUNICATIONS
Strategy: Proactively share comprehensive and timely information with all stakeholders about updates on progress in achieving our mission and the opportunities that our school district provides.
The District website is the primary source of information about District events/accomplishments and curricular/extracurricular opportunities for students.
- RRCSD recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation with a 2018 Best Community for Music Education (BCME) award.
- The District website was scanned to ensure it complies with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Items found not in compliance were ameliorated.
Relevant safety and security information is provided to stakeholders in a timely fashion.
- A RRCSD Safety Meeting was held for staff and parents to review the district’s Emergency Management Plans and address concerns in the wake of the Parkland school shooting. Members of the Rocky River Police and Fire Departments were in attendance.
Legislative information that may impact the District on a local, state, or federal level is communicated to stakeholders.
- Weekly legislative updates from the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center were posted on the District website.
Updates on the progress and status of achieving the District's strategic objectives and mission are accessible to stakeholders.
- Strategic Plan updates for 2017-2018 were posted on the District website and referenced in the Superintendent’s annual State of the Schools.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #2: CURRICULUM and CO-CURRICULUM
Strategy: Develop and implement 21st century curricula, support systems, and co-curricular programming to ensure the highest expectations of excellence in an increasingly interconnected world.
Career pathways are illuminated and explored enabling students to succeed as independent, self-sufficient citizens in a dynamic world.
- All grade 8 students participated in a field trip to the Westshore Career Technical District for the first time.
- Rocky River High School and Westshore Career Technical District collaborated to revamp the annual presentation to sophomores about career-technical education. WCTD presented to all sophomore students in the RRHS auditorium, and then had stations set up in the Commons to illustrate their specific offerings.
- RRHS technology students developed programming for current state-of-the-art virtual reality systems in both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive models.
Students understand their learning process and their progress, and necessary data are communicated and used to facilitate each child’s growth and development.
- Revised kindergarten standards-based report card was launched.
- Grades 1 and 2 standards-based report cards were redesigned for debut in 18-19.
- Kensington students began quarterly meetings with teachers using a common document to guide individual academic, organizational, and social progress. Students will use this to set goals for personal and academic development.
Students are self-aware and socially and emotionally prepared to persevere in an interconnected and competitive world.
- Gallup Student Poll expanded to include administration to KIS Grade 5 Students. This measures students’ engagement, hope, entrepreneurial aspiration and financial/career literacy.
- RRMS counselors began a student recognition program using the 40 developmental assets. Every three weeks, a new cluster is introduced to students and parents. Staff recognize student behavior through a variety of means.
- Goldwood staff began investigation into and promotion of invitational education. The International Alliance for Invitational Education promotes positive climates for learning, leading, and living. Invitational education is an intentional and deliberate plan to be inviting to all members of the school community to foster trust, respect, optimism, and care while focusing on human potential.
Students understand, and are contributing participants in, a diverse, global setting.
- Students from sister-schools around the globe visited Rocky River and CLE, and experienced home-stays with RRHS students:
- 15 students from Federico Garcia Lorca High School in Madrid, Spain
- 14 students from Stadtische Gesamtschule Velbert-Mitte in Velbert, Germany
- 34 RRHS students traveled to South Africa (Johannesburg, Robben Island, Kruger National Park, Soweto and Cape Town) in July 2018
- Goldwood and Kensington partnered with the Cleveland Playhouse Classroom Matinee program to provide all students access to touring theatre with relevant themes for young audiences like anti-bullying, racial tolerance, socio-economic inequality and conflict resolution.
Curricula, instruction and assessment are aligned and articulated, and prepare students for the rigors of the 21st century global economy.
- Number of sections of tuition-based all-day kindergarten increased from one to three sections.
- English-Language Arts K-12 COS revised.
- Calculus 3, a college credit plus course from Tri-C, debuted at RRHS.
- Differential Equations, a college credit plus course from Tri-C, debuted at RRHS.
- AP Research (second course in the 2-course AP Capstone program) debuted at RRHS.
- AP Computer Science Principles debuted at RRHS.
- RRHS awarded its first graduating class AP Capstone Diplomas. Nine students earned this honor.
- RRHS implemented the Ohio Seal of Biliteracy program. Sixteen students in the Class of 2018 earned an Ohio Seal of Biliteracy.
- Math Club debuted at RRMS.
- The RRHS FIRST Robotics team won Rookie Team of the Year at their regional competition debut.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #3: FACILITIES
Strategy: Continue to improve and maintain facilities that meet our mission.
School buildings and grounds use creative strategies to promote community and foster student interaction.
- Rocky River Little League received Board of Education approval to proceed with concession stand project on the Goldwood property.
- Rocky River High School Auditorium received new carpet, runway lights and house lights.
District facilities continue to enhance exemplary curricular and co-curricular opportunities for all students.
- The Early Childhood program opened at Beach School.
- Grade 1 classroom renovations completed.
- RRHS Wagar Road pool entrance landscaping completed.
A facilities master plan provides a blueprint for buildings and systems that support student success, and enhance campus safety and accessibility.
- Clorox Total 360 electrostatic spraying systems purchased to enhance cleaning and disinfection protocol throughout the District.
- Then Design Architechture (TDA) and Karpinski engineers completed a district energy
conservation study. The district begins a lighting and HVAC energy conservation project per study recommendations at the following buildings:
- Goldwood Primary School
- Kensington Intermediate School
- Rocky River Middle School
- Rocky River High School
- TDA provided the Board of Education with design costs for future renovation considerations for the following areas:
- Rocky River Middle School media center
- Rocky River High School auditorium
- Rocky River High School kitchen
- Rocky River High School stadium:
- ADA seating (home bleachers)
- Exterior fence
- Ticket booth(s) renovation
- Concession stand (exterior)
- Booster sales area (single structure)
- Stadium drainage survey
- Rocky River High School shell space
The facilities master plan uses non-traditional funding sources and maximizes operational efficiencies.
- Energy conservation projects (lights, HVAC) will be paid for using future utility bill savings.
- The Board of Education began work with the Campus Foundation on Rocky River High School Stadium improvements.
- Public/private partnership for new stadium fence, ticket booth renovations, concession stand (exterior), and Booster sales (single structure).
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #4: FINANCE
Strategy: Provide traditional and nontraditional fiscal resources and efficiencies to meet our mission of excellence to support the other strategies.
Feasible alternative revenue streams supplement traditional funding sources.
- Awarded Safe Routes to Schools Grant for second year in the amount of $15,000 to fund additional police patrols and activities for Kensington and Middle School students during bike to school week.
- Sold end-of-life chromebooks to bulk purchaser for over $40,000 to provide additional revenue to defray costs of investment in updated chromebooks and other instructional technology.
- Ohio CAT and the Rocky River Education Foundation provided $20,000 for the start-up of the RRHS FIRST Robotics team and team room.
Operational efficiencies and cost-containment measures are instituted, based on industry standards and benchmarks, to optimize resources for District programs.
- Developed a comprehensive plan and began to implement energy conservation and other capital improvements to upgrade the District’s mechanical infrastructure, which included LED lighting and HVAC control upgrades that will reduce utility and maintenance costs while improving the effective operation and safety of the District’s buildings.
- Installed a new check printing and management system within the Treasurer’s Office to increase efficiency of the Accounts Payable and Payroll functions.
- Developed employee medical and prescription plan design changes and a wellness incentive plan that were agreed to by the District’s three unions and implemented for non-bargaining staff in order to reduce projected employee benefit costs through FY 23.
- Implemented Metrohealthy/Skywell wellness platform to further engage employees in wellness and healthy lifestyles with the goal of reducing medical claims costs .
Multiple channels are used to inform the community about the District's financial status and the Ohio school finance environment.
- Worked collaboratively with the Treasurer of State of Ohio to post financial data on the State’s Ohio Checkbook portal (expected go-live date in Aug. 2018).
Accelerated funding of the District’s cash reserves ensures financial stability, observes internal benchmarks and avoids detrimental impact to educational outcomes.
A dedicated revenue stream is established to sufficiently provide for maintenance and improvement of the District’s capital assets.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #5: HUMAN RESOURCES
Strategy: Recruit, hire and retain exceptional staff to accomplish our mission.
A comprehensive approach is in place, includes stakeholders, and assures the district continues to attract, hire and retain exceptional employees.
- Another RN was added to the district. The district now has two full-time RNs and one full-time LPN on staff.
- Social media platforms LinkedIn and Handshake were used to promote available job opportunities within the District.
- A three (3) year extension on all collectively bargained agreements and employee handbooks was completed.
Administrators research, promote and communicate available, pertinent professional development opportunities for employees.
- Certified staff, classified staff and board members participated in professional development about unconscious bias and micromessages. This PD was delivered by the Diversity Center Northeast Ohio.
- All K-5 certified staff members and 6-12 co-teachers and gifted service providers participated in a PD series on executive functions.
- A series of gifted professional development opportunities were designed for, and delivered to, certified staff and led by district gifted coordinators : Gifted 101; Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner, parts 1 and 2; and Gifted Book Talk “When Gifted Kids Don’t Have all the Answers”.
- Positive Coaching Alliance training became requisite for coaches in the district.
- Kristen Race, Ph.D. mindfulness professional development was delivered to a new cohort of staff members, and a booster session was offered to those who participated in 16-17.
Opportunities are offered to enhance relationships between district employees.
- Special awards are developed to celebrate certified and classified employee accomplishments. Employees were recognized for accomplishments during district events.
- An employee wellness committee comprised of all classifications of employees and administrators was developed to address wellness within the district.
- Through collaboration and positive employee and management relationships, extensions to all collectively bargained agreements and handbooks were completed.
Wellness programs promote improved health among all members of the Rocky River City School District.
- Districtwide wellness program and incentives were developed and implemented through collaboration between administration and employees
Human Resource operations are efficient, cost effective and sustainable.
- Disaster management program was implemented to protect personnel files and other sensitive documents located in HR
- Staff position preference, tutoring, and calendar selection forms were distributed to staff electronically instead of via paper copies.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #6: TECHNOLOGY
Strategy: Maximize the utilization and implementation of current technology to provide the students and staff training necessary to support achievement of our mission and strategic objectives.
Technological literacy is expected and promoted throughout the District to deploy and utilize resources in an effective, consistent and coordinated manner.
- Professional development was offered during the 2017-2018 school year in relationship to various technology applications the district has.
The technology architecture is proactively maintained and enhanced to support operations of the District.
- Servers were flushed and updated.
- Routers were replaced and software updated.
- High School band/choral rooms were upgraded with new software.
- Voice servers and voice routers were updated.
All students have appropriate and readily available access and opportunity to use technology, and are empowered to be responsible digital citizens.
- Broadcasting Lab was refreshed with iMac desktops
- Band cart was refreshed with laptops.
- HS Science labs were refreshed with computers.
- Chromebooks were replaced and refreshed at Goldwood and Kensington
Students have the resources necessary to develop the current technology skills required for college and career readiness.
- Coding activities at all grade levels were held the during the school year.
- Google classroom was upgraded to ensure latest supports for teachers and students.
- Makerspace continued to be a valuable resource for students.
- AP Computer Science Principles debuted at RRHS.
- The first RRHS FIRST Robotics team is formed. They won Rookie Team of the Year at their regional competition debut.
Technology enhances the safety and security of students and staff.
- Additional IP cameras were added to select locations in the District, including Rocky River Middle School and Rocky River High School.
- The InformaCast IP phone paging system coverage area was expanded with 13 speakers and 27 strobe lights.