West Orange School District seeks community/staff input on district goals

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District is seeking community and district staff input to develop its 2021-2022 district goals. 

District goals are the major focus for the year. According to the district, the opinions of the community matter and will influence priorities and long-range planning. A survey has been distributed to assist the district in collecting information and opinions. 

Survey takers will be asked to prioritize in order issues such as instruction, curriculum and 21st-century skills; grading and assessment; addressing learning loss and acceleration; college and career readiness, access and admission; serving specialized school populations; and social emotional learning/safety/mental health. 

Also included are prioritization of facilities/school buildings; parent engagement; equity and access; strategic planning; and the opportunity to add additional priorities and goals. 

The survey can be found here and must be completed by June 8. 

“The Board of Education and administration will be analyzing the results of the district goal-setting survey, which has been administered to both community members and staff,” Superintendent of Schools Scott Cascone. 

A town hall meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 16, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be virtual with a livestream.

“At the June 16 district goal-setting town hall, the board will present the findings from the survey,” Cascone said. “Further, the board will utilize a set of focus group questions to guide community feedback and questions during the public comment portion of the meeting.

“The findings from the survey in combination with the qualitative feedback received during the town hall will then be shared with the administration,” Cascone continued. “The administration will distill this feedback and trends to draft district goals at its administrative retreat at the end of June.”