Picayune school district holds meeting

Published 11:51 pm Saturday, July 8, 2006

Picayune School District recently held a meeting to revamp and improve their strategic plan.

The purpose of the meeting was to improve upon and discuss their objectives to better serve students in their educational career, said Bill Spiers, assistant superintendent for Picayune schools. One of those main goals is to improve student attendance, Spiers said.

“Attendance has always been a problem in the area,” he said.

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Strategic Planning in the Picayune School district has been ongoing for about seven years since the days of former superintendent Dr. Tom Clark, Spiers said.

“Then Dr. (Penny) Wallin continued under these goals and objectives,” Spiers said.

Accomplishments from last year and things that could be done better this year were discussed at the last meeting, Spiers said. Students, parents and administrators all took part in the meeting to lend their comments on what the district could do to better cater to a student’s learning needs, Spiers said.

“You’d be surprised at what some of those students had to say,” Spiers said.

The core values of the Strategic Plan state that “all human life is sacred, all people have gifts and talents, the community is strengthened when the gifts and talents of all its members are used for the common good, people are responsible for the choices they make and the family is the cornerstone of society. The mission of the Picayune School District is to empower each student to be a person of character who can maximize their gifts and talents and contribute to the enrichment of a global society.”

During the meeting, core team members made suggestions on better wording and minor additions to the plan to be added to the next publication of the Picayune School District Strategic Plan, Spiers said.