At the time Vision 2020 was adopted, many students attend schools outside their neighborhoods. Many of the close neighborhood connections of the schools have been lost. Vision 2020 seeks to re-establish a strong bond between a community and its schools. Our goal is to achieve quality schools in every neighborhood through community-based school reform.
The Vision 2020 sets the following goals
- Schools will be safe, attractive neighborhood learning centers.
- School facilities will be congruent with the needs of the neighborhood.
- Instructional strategies will be adapted to ensure the success of every student in that neighborhood.
- Partnerships with social service agencies and businesses will be established.
- Schools will serve as cross-generational neighborhood learning centers promoting interaction between residents of all ages.
- Classified support staff will play a key role in the school’s relationship with its neighborhood and as active participants in the mission of improving student achievement.
- Schools will extend beyond the school site.
- Improved technology will allow increased contact between school and home.
- Internships in the community will facilitate real life experiences.
- Schools will have connections with other schools in the cluster and throughout the district.
- Schools will be organized into clusters for greater community cohesion.
- Clusters will consist of a high school and the middle and elementary schools that feed into it.
- Clusters will ensure that there is continuity for the neighborhood students in the K-12 program.
- Cluster councils will promote the schools in their communities.
- Cluster councils will work with schools, community and district staff to improve the quality of their neighborhood schools.
- Cluster councils will be a democratic representation of the school community including teachers, administrators, support staff, students, parents and community members.