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Vision Coalition to meet with Board on June 15

A committee of staff and community members has compiled the results of a community survey aimed at crafting a clear vision for the Canajoharie Central School District, at the request of the Board of Education. The commitee will meet with the board on June 15.

The district Vision Coalition, which includes Mark Davidson, Maryellen Driscoll, Deana Lenz, Kathy Dopp, Stacy Ward, Jennifer Schwabrow, Mark Rauch and Deborah Grimshaw, recently gathered feedback from students, parents, community members, business leaders and alumni about what the district is doing to prepare students for the future.

The initial results of the survey were presented to the Board of Education at its March 9 meeting. At its May 25 meeting, the board and coalition discussed the findings, and next steps.

More than 300 people responded, in excess of the coalition’s goal of 250 responses. The survey asked about the skills Canajoharie students need, and what the district is doing or could do better to prepare students for the future.

The survey identified five major skills for Canajoharie students: Life skills, communication, collaboration, problem-solving and responsibility or accountability.

Survey respondents praised the district’s culture and values, and the opportunities available to students through programs such as art and music; foreign language education; the New Visions program; and PTECH and AG-PTECH. Initiatives such as Conscious Discipline, elementary school yoga, and the Student Teacher Activity Rally (STAR) program were also praised.

When asked what changes the district could make to better prepare students for the future, survey respondents highlighted life skills such as personal finance; improved access to technology; better behavioral and emotional supports for students; and greater flexibility around student learning and schedules.

At a workshop scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. June 15, in the high school conference room, the board and coalition plan to begin incorporating the survey findings into an initial draft to share with the community for feedback.

A summary of the coalition’s report can be read online4.