Overarching Goals

On May 24, 2016, the Melrose School Committee re-affirmed the following Overarching Goals. Their purpose is to set the direction of the Melrose Public Schools, and they are not expected to significantly change from year to year. Overarching Goals are intended to be broad statements of intent.

Each year, the Committee develops SMART goals intended to bring us closer to achieving the Overarching Goals. (They are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound.) They represent a combination of Committee and district goals.

Once SMART goals are developed and approved, the Committee crafts and approves Action Items for the coming school year. Members select the Action Items on which they choose to work, and present that work to the Committee in the form of packet documents that are posted under the Action Item Progress Report agenda item (about once per month). The extent of completion of the Action Items is expected to be considered in the context of the Committee’s (calendar) year-end Self-Evaluation.

Overarching Goals

  1. Student Achievement:
    The Melrose Public Schools will ensure that all students are prepared for their choice of post-secondary pursuits by providing a rigorous, innovative and supportive learning environment that meets Massachusetts and community standards.
  2. Instructional Practices & Support:
    The Melrose Public Schools will recruit, develop, evaluate, and retain highly-qualified, diverse, and effective staff members to support a professional culture designed to prepare every student for success.
  3. Community Engagement:
    The Melrose Public Schools will engage the community in a vision for our students’ achievement that is grounded in the belief that first-rate public education is our community’s most valuable asset.
  4. Fiscal Issues:
    The Melrose Public Schools will responsibly, strategically and transparently allocate resources based on their ability to positively impact teaching and learning to realize continuous improvement in student achievement.Rev: 12-May-2015

To move toward those goals, the Committee has approved the following SMART goals for 2015-2016:

Student Achievement:  

  1. The Melrose Public Schools will ensure that all students are prepared for their choice of post-secondary pursuits by providing a rigorous, innovative and supportive learning environment that meets Massachusetts and community standards.

1.a       By June 2016, the Melrose School Committee will determine what data is needed by the committee for monitoring student achievement, as measured by agenda items, meeting minutes, and an annual data plan.

Instructional Practices & Support:

  1. The Melrose Public Schools will recruit, develop, evaluate, and retain highly-qualified, diverse, and effective staff members to support a professional culture designed to prepare every student for success.

2.a       By June 2016, the Melrose School Committee will advocate for and monitor progress toward the goals outlined in the Five Year Strategic Technology Instruction Plan 2015-2020, as measured by agenda items and meeting minutes.

2.b.      By June 2016, the Melrose School Committee will gain an understanding of what supports are needed by our highly-qualified teaching teams in order to enhance student outcomes.

Community Engagement:

  1. The Melrose Public Schools will engage the community in a vision for our students’ achievement that is grounded in the belief that first-rate public education is our community’s most valuable asset.

3.a       By December 2015, The Melrose School Committee will propose a budget development process for the FY17 MPS Budget that continues the extended outreach to the community, and will continue to enhance the budget document.

3.b       By September 2015, the Melrose School Committee will develop a plan for increasing both their professional development and also their advocacy for the district, as measured by agenda items, meeting minutes, and both a PD and an Advocacy plan.

Fiscal Issues:

  1. The Melrose Public Schools will responsibly, strategically and transparently allocate resources based on their ability to positively impact teaching and learning to realize continuous improvement in student achievement.

4.a       By November 2015, the Melrose School Committee will engage in the discussion of the need for additional funding to support the growth budget as presented on May 5, 2015, as measured by agenda items and meeting minutes.

4.b       By November 2015, the Melrose School Committee will continue to provide information to the community at large that informs the community of the district needs, as measured by agenda items, meeting minutes, and information posted on the Melrose Schools web pages.

4.c       By June 2016, the Melrose School Committee will review the district Finance policies to ensure that appropriate oversights are in place.

Rev: 26 May 2015