South Fayette High School

South Fayette High School

South Fayette School District’s board members got a look at the district’s comprehensive and strategic plans at their Oct. 23 regular meeting as school officials outlined the two current planning processes.

A requirement by the state that is due by Nov. 30, the comprehensive plan needs to define one overarching goal. The district is also in the midst of its strategic plan to retool the mission and vision statements, soliciting input from the community, stakeholders and students.

Superintendent Kenneth Lockette explained to board members the different purposes that the comprehensive plan and the strategic plan serve. The comprehensive plan is completed to remain compliant with the state, while the strategic plan goes more in-depth into long term goals over the next three years.

Instead of just one goal for the comprehensive plan, the district has defined two: to ensure that growth can accommodate the population physically and programmatically while achieving excellence and meeting individual student needs, and that the relevant and challenging curriculum will be given to each student at their level to help students become college or career ready.

Lockette said that a more detailed presentation on the strategic plan would come in the future, but some themes that have bubbled up during discussions have been the future of work, technological skills, instilling an entrepreneurial spirit, enhancing global competencies, fostering workplace skills and providing multiple pathways to success.

At the Oct. 16 committee meeting, board members discussed grant opportunities and student achievement data. The district is also in the process of collecting names of firms to perform a building feasibility study, as well as collecting necessary information about the district’s current buildings.

Finance director Brian Tony also gave a brief budget update. Based on the Act 1 inflationary index rate, the district can only raise taxes up to 3 percent without seeking an exemption.

With the current 26.7 millage rate, that would result in a maximum 0.8-mill increase or a total of 27.5 for the 2019-20 school year. The 0.8-mill increase would result in roughly $1,370,360 collected. A decision about exceeding the index would come in December or January, Tony said.

Athletic director Mark Keener also asked board members to consider adding a girls’ golf team and boys’ volleyball team during the Oct. 16 meeting, and provided an update on potential costs later at the Oct. 23 meeting. Coaching salaries and transportation would be the majority of the expenses.

Keener said he would need to let WPIAL officials know by mid-January in order to schedule games for the 2019-20 school year.

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