(Posted Aug. 13, 2015)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Dr. Lou Kramer set the clock ticking on Aug. 1, his first official day as superintendent of London City Schools. The timer will ding on Nov. 8, marking the end of “100 Days of Progress.”
The idea, Kramer explained, is to take the transition in district leadership as a chance to reflect on district priorities and put positive changes into action right away.
Guiding the action are four priorities established by school board members and district administrators:
- All students are prepared for success.
- All students can achieve at a high level.
- All students experience constant growth.
- All students have access to unmatched opportunities.
With those priorities in mind, Kramer outlined eight activities the district can pursue over the course of the next 100 days:
- Assess district departments and programs to identify needs and strengths. This includes academics, athletics, student support, communication, maintenance, transportation and food service.
- Draft a communication plan that synchronizes all communication into one voice and engages stakeholders in a way that they can provide feedback.
- Launch a new district website. Possible features include integration of text alerts, an automatic calling program, email marketing capability, electronic bill pay, streaming video, incorporation of social media and surveys.
- Establish a strategic planning process that is informed by student achievement, stakeholder satisfaction surveys, district finances, enrollment, attendance and student behavior.
- Hire a student support specialist to assist in promoting the educational well-being and mental health of students, especially at the elementary.
- Form a math curriculum committee to improve student performance.
- Petition the Ohio Department of Education to conduct a district staffing study to compare London’s staffing levels to similar sized districts and find ways to use personnel as effectively as possible.
- Kramer will serve as an ambassador for the district in the community by meeting with community members and seeking out partnerships wherever possible.