Over the last several weeks, residents throughout the Fairbanks School District received a mailer titled “Measurements that Matter”. School districts throughout the state do similar publications that communicate updates on their strategic planning and the work happening across their schools. Our school organization believes in several things, but one critical idea is that if we do not tell our story, someone else will do it for us. Personally, I believe fiercely in relationships, the power of relationships across our school district can be transformational, and those relationships, in particular my relationship with district residents, has a result component. Regularly, I say to our team it is “relationships with results”.
For three years, our school district has been working to put the most important work first. Many of you have been involved with our mission, vision, and strategic planning work. This work prioritized our district values then areas of focus. You can group these four areas into:
- Teaching, learning, and student experiences
- Student academic, social, emotional, and physical safety
- Communication and community engagement
- Resources management
These areas were then developed into our four vision statements contained in our strategic objectives. These objectives can range from short to long term, but are malleable and measurable to meet sudden changes (like a pandemic:-). This framework supports decision making, instructional focus, and aligns our organizational work across Fairbanks Local Schools.
Our hope is this communication to our residents highlighted the great work that is happening in Fairbanks. Fairbanks staff show up to work everyday to make a difference in the lives of our students and this work provides direction. The Ohio State Report Card shines a flashlight on our work, while this on-going planning and monitoring truly informs our progress as a school district. We are excited about all of the work happening across these fronts in Fairbanks. If you have not seen the publication, you can view it here: Measurements That Matter 2022
Please join us on April 12, 2022 at 7:00pm in the high school gymnasium for our second State of the Schools. The evening will highlight this work while also showcasing our students, staff, and community. We cannot wait to see you there!!
- Adham Schirg, Fairbanks Local School District, Superintendent