STRATEGIES AND ACTION PLANS

YEAR 2 REVIEW • 2017

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.

Result #1

The District website is the primary source of information about District events/accomplishments and curricular/extracurricular opportunities for students.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • RRCSD recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation with a 2017 Best Community for Music Education (BCME) award.
  • The District website was updated to comply with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including alternative text on all graphics for visually impaired users.
  • The mobile version of the District website was enhanced to provide a better user experience.

Result #2

Relevant safety and security information is provided to stakeholders in a timely fashion.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • A new notification system, InstantConnect, was deployed.  InstantConnect provides parents and staff with voice, text and email notifications in the event of an emergency.
  • A Town Hall Meeting, Social Media: What parents need to know! was presented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol M. Skutnik.  This provided timely information for parents and students about safe use of the Internet.

Result #3

Legislative information that may impact the District on a local, state, or federal level is communicated to stakeholders.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Weekly legislative updates from the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center are posted on the District website.

Result #4

Updates on the progress and status of achieving the District's strategic objectives and mission are accessible to stakeholders.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Strategic Plan updates for 2016-2017 are 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.

Result #1

Career pathways are illuminated and explored enabling students to succeed as  independent, self-sufficient citizens in a dynamic world.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • A FIRST Robotics advisor is named for the 17-18 school year.  Nathan Woos, RRHS math teacher, begins planning the club’s program and physical space.
  • An E-Sports team was introduced at RRHS providing students exposure to compete in squad-based video games against other high schools in the U.S. and Canada.
  • RRMS grade 8 College and Career Readiness (CCR) courses partner with the City of Rocky River and Progressive Insurance: professionals from these arenas present real world problems from their companies for CCR students to solve.

Result #2

Students understand their learning process and their progress, and necessary data are communicated and used to facilitate each child’s growth and development.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • RRHS increases free onsite student test prep opportunities to include ACT and SAT.
  • Kindergarten standards-based report card redesigned for debut in 17-18.
  • Fifth grade students given Gradebook accounts to monitor academic progress and set goals for future academic success.

Result #3

Students are self-aware and socially and emotionally prepared to persevere in an interconnected and competitive world.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Gallup Student Poll administered at  RRMS and RRHS. This measures students’ engagement, hope, entrepreneurial aspiration and financial/career literacy.
  • Student-athlete leaders (~80) participate in the Positive Coaching Alliance’s Triple-Impact Competitor®  workshop.
  • Kristen Race, Ph.D., author of Mindful Parenting, visits RRCSD.  She presents two workshops to 80 certified staff members, offering them tools for incorporating mindfulness into the classroom.  She also presents to the community A Mindful Life: From Surviving to Thriving.

Result #4

Students understand, and are contributing participants in, a diverse, global setting.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • RRMS Be the Change group introduces its members to The Diversity Center Northeast Ohio (DCNEO) “Rethink Labels” presentation designed to reduce bias and stereotypes in the classroom.  The group also participates in the Spring Middle School Conference, and sends a representative to the Camp STARR summer program.
  • RRHS counselors present and discuss “Rethink Labels” in sophomore and junior English classes.
  • RRHS Bridge to the World Program:
  • 17 students from RRHS sister-school Federico Garcia Lorca High School in Madrid, Spain visit Rocky River and CLE in April 2017, and experience home-stays with RRHS students.
  • 13 RRHS students travel in June, 2017 to Spain and experience home-stays with the
  • families of the sister-school students they hosted just months earlier.
  • 12 RRHS students travel in June, 2017 to Velbert, Germany.

Result #5

Curricula, instruction and assessment are aligned and articulated, and prepare students for the rigors of the 21st century global economy.

Action (Completed 16-17)        

  • One section of tuition-based all-day kindergarten debuts at Goldwood Primary School
  • AP Seminar (first course in the 2-course AP Capstone program) debuts at RRHS
  • World Language 7-12 COS revision
  • Fitness and Health K-12 COS revision
  • College and Career Readiness (CCR) 6-8 COS revision
  • ACT composite score 25.3, ACT English score 25.2, and SAT reading score 583 are highest in district history.

                                        

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #3: FACILITIES

Strategy: Continue to improve and maintain facilities that meet our mission.

Result #1

School buildings and grounds use creative strategies to promote community and foster student interaction.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • The PTA Council gives their annual homecoming dinner a facelift and hosts a food truck festival using the newly renovated RRHS courtyard and space adjacent to it.
  • Discussions continue with Rocky River Little League Trustees regarding a new concession stand.  
  • The Board of Education contracts with TDA to develop renovation/improvement scopes for the RRHS auditorium and stadium.

Result #2

District facilities continue to enhance exemplary curricular and co-curricular opportunities for all students.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Renovations begin on Beach School to transform it into an early childhood center.  Once complete, the preschool, currently housed at Goldwood Primary School, will move here.
  • Renovations begin on two rooms on the second floor of Beach School.  They will become the future home of the new extracurricular activity, RRHS FIRST Robotics.

Result #3

A facilities master plan provides a blueprint for buildings and systems that support student success, and enhance campus safety and accessibility.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Beach School renovations and upgrades begin.

Result #4

The facilities master plan uses non-traditional funding sources and maximizes operational efficiencies.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • RRCSD approves a new lease with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for the Wooster School property.
  • The Board of Education conducts a House Bill 264 energy conservation study.
  • The Campus Foundations further beautifies the RRHS campus with the donation of a stadium wrap.
  • Discussion and planning continue with the Campus Foundation for a renovation of the stadium concession stand, eating area, booster shop, and decorative fencing along Detroit Road.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #4: FINANCE

Strategy: Provide traditional and nontraditional fiscal resources and efficiencies to meet our mission of excellence to support the other strategies.

Result #1

Feasible alternative revenue streams supplement traditional funding sources.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Refinanced $7.44MM of the District’s outstanding bonds to lower interest costs over the life of the bond issue by over $632,000 on a net present value basis
  • Awarded Bureau of Worker's Compensation Safety Grants totaling $20,000
  • Awarded Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Diesel Pollution Reduction Grant totaling $111,084
  • Received first annual payment from participation in the Bureau of Workers Compensation Group Retrospective Rating Program
  • Rocky River Education Foundation pays for New York Times®  Best Selling Author Gordon Korman to visit RRMS and KIS students as well as to provide an evening community presentation.

Result #2

Operational efficiencies and cost-containment measures are instituted, based on industry standards and benchmarks, to optimize resources for District programs.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Expanded use of Explain My Benefits web platform to administer employee benefits for all eligible employees
  • Expanded use of electronic payment methods at high school to reduce paper checks and manual processes
  • Implemented 132d pre-tax business expense reimbursement plan that reduced medicare and workers compensation costs while increasing employees’ take-home pay

Result #3

Multiple channels are used to inform the community about the District's financial status and the Ohio school finance environment.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Community meetings were held by the Superintendent to explain school finance and the need for the May 2017 4.9 mill ballot issue

Result #4

Accelerated funding of the District’s cash reserves ensures financial stability, observes internal benchmarks and avoids detrimental impact to educational outcomes.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • No new focused action

Result #5

A dedicated revenue stream is established to sufficiently provide for maintenance and improvement of the District’s capital assets.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • The District voters approved a 4.9 mill continuing levy, of which 0.5 mill was restricted for permanent improvement purposes

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #5: HUMAN RESOURCES

Strategy: Recruit, hire and retain exceptional staff to accomplish our mission.

Result #1

A comprehensive approach is in place, includes stakeholders, and assures the district continues to attract, hire and retain exceptional employees.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Six (6) RRCSD teachers receive top 100 recognition from the Ohio Department of Education for their performance on the Resident Educator Summative Assessment (RESA).
  • RRCSD Head Mechanic receives The David Drum School Bus Mechanic of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of Pupil Transportation (OAPT).
  • Implemented a new substitute teacher pay rate that resulted in a 99% absence fill rate

Result #2

Administrators research, promote and communicate available, pertinent professional development opportunities for employees.

Action (Completed 16-17)

Result #3

Opportunities are offered to enhance relationships between district employees.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Social media (Twitter) used to celebrate staff accomplishments
  • Building principals hold regular meetings with union representatives
  • Exit interview created and offered to employees leaving the district

Result #4

Wellness programs promote improved health among all members of the Rocky River City School District.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • On-line office visits made available to staff via Medical Mutual online  patient portal

Result #5

Human Resource operations are efficient, cost effective and sustainable.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Electronic copies of negotiated agreements, instead of paper copies, available for staff

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.

Result #1

Technological literacy is expected and promoted throughout the District to deploy and utilize resources in an effective, consistent and coordinated manner.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Professional development was offered for graduate credit during the summer of 2016.  Seventy-five classified and certified staff members took advantage of the opportunity to enhance their technology skills.
  • Certified staff in grades 1-12 received PD on Edcite.

Result #2

The technology architecture is proactively maintained and enhanced to support operations of the District.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Wireless Access Points were added to three areas at Rocky River Middle School to provide additional network coverage.
  • Audio components were updated in the Rocky River Middle School main gym and commons.

Result #3

All students have appropriate and readily available access and opportunity to use technology, and are empowered to be responsible digital citizens.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Clever, a single-sign-on portal, was deployed in August, 2016 for access to online resources. Students in grades K-1 scan Clever badges (QR codes) to login to Chromebooks and Chromebases.
  • The refreshed International Society for Technology in Education 2016 Standards for Students were presented to teachers and students.  These standards include digital citizenship.

Result #4

Students have the resources necessary to develop the current technology skills required for college and career readiness.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Chromebooks that were 4 years old were replaced with new models. The older Chromebook models were purchased by a reseller.
  • Aging projectors were replaced with new projectors with higher lumens and replacement bulbs that cost less. HDMI cables replaced VGA cables, resulting in a crisper image and updated technology.
  • Robotics components were added at the Goldwood Tinkerspace, Rocky River Middle School Makers Club and Rocky River High School Makerspace.
  • Hour of Code activities at all grade levels were held the week of December 5, 2016.

Result #5

Technology enhances the safety and security of students and staff.

Action (Completed 16-17)

  • Staff members have access to the updated NaviGate Prepared app on their smartphones, which provides them with a mobile copy of the District’s emergency plans.
  • IP cameras were added to select locations in the District, including the renovated preschool space at Beach School.