Superintendent Search Update
The Paw Paw Public School Board met Thursday, May 26, 2016 to select the candidates who have been invited to interview for the superintendent position. They were pleased to have received 40 applications with many qualified candidates. The process of narrowing the candidate field down to 5 excellent candidates that will be interviewed was difficult because there were many strong candidates.
We are happy to announce that the following candidates were chosen for interviews. The interview schedule follows with all interviews to take place in the Media Center at Paw Paw High School, 30609 Red Arrow Highway, Paw Paw:
June 6, 2016
7:00 pm – Sonia Lark, Superintendent - Alma Public Schools
8:15 pm – Richard Reo, Principal Middle/High Schools –
Bloomingdale Public Schools
June 8, 2016
6:00 pm – William Cain, Principal Village Elementary –
Hartland Consolidated Schools
7:15 pm – Coby Fletcher, Principal East Lansing High School
June 10, 2016
6:00 pm – Cheryl-Marie Manson, Director of Instruction-
Allegan Public Schools
June 10, 2016 Update
Following the fifth and final first-round interview, the Board selected the following candidates for a second interview for the position of Superintendent:
- Sonia Lark, Superintendent of Alma Public Schools
- Coby Fletcher, Principal East Lansing High School
Final interviews will be held on June 23, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Paw Paw High School Media Center. Following the interviews the Board is expected to make a decision.
Strategic Plan 2015-16
Provided below are the goals and objectives for the district in the form of a strategic plan. The plan has four long-term goals. Each goal will be examined each year but are expected to remain the same for the next five years, from 2015-16. Each goal also has strategies that have been developed as a means of supporting the goals. These strategies are drawn on from a number of sources, but most significantly from the school and district improvement plans. The strategies re shorter term, two to three years, but they will receive a hard look each year to see if they need to be reaffirmed or modified. I will be highlighting some examples of various activities in the district that support the strategies via my blog link, located on the Superintendent page of the district website http://www.ppps.org//site/Default.aspx?PageID=2820.
Tony Habra, Superintendent
Paw Paw Public Schools will provide every student with the opportunity to maximize his or her learning potential in a spirit of cooperation and shared purpose among students, parents, community, staff and the Board of Education.
GOAL #1 Increase Student Achievement
A. Increase language arts and math proficiency at each grade level consistent with the school improvement plans.
B. Integrate the use of technology in the curriculum.
C. Strengthen the evaluation process.
D. Improve positive student behavior through Positive Behavior Supports (PBS).
E. Implement and use new assessments to help place students and determine growth (AIMSweb, SAT, PSAT).
F. Expand awareness of 3C2.
GOAL #2 Maintain Financial Stability to Improve Student Achievement
A. Begin all budgeting with the question: "What's best for all the students of the district?"
B. Balance all budgeting questions against "Is it fiscally responsible?"
GOAL #3 Improve Internal & External Communications
A. Improve connectivity and consistency across the buildings.
B. Maintain transparency in the decision-making process.
C. Maintain social media connection by continuing to showcase student achievement and image of the district.
D. Maintain connections to business community.
GOAL #4 Maintain a Safe & Efficient Environment
A. Enhance and expand security operations.
B. Streamline district operations.
C. Consistently address bullying incidents.
D. Improve morale throughout the district.
E. Continue to provide and expand a network of mentoring for leadership.