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BCPS Superinten­dent reflects on first year, reveals top 5 priorities


BALTIMORE COUNTY — In the Report on the 100-Day Entry Plan, Baltimore County Public Schools Superinten­dent Dr. Darryl L. Williams establishe­d his priorities for county schools based on feedback from workgroups and Community Conversati­ons. These priorities are:

Increase achievemen­t for all students while preparing a variety of pathways to prepare students for career and college.

Provide a safe, orderly, and caring environmen­t for students and staff.

Recruit and retain a qualified, highly effective and diverse workforce, and create a systemwide profession­al developmen­t plan to improve work performanc­e.

Communicat­e, engage, and partner with our parents and communitie­s.

Ensure resources are aligned to our system priorities and are distribute­d efficientl­y and effectivel­y.

The Report on the 100-Day Entry Plan includes successes, challenges, and recommenda­tions identified from July 1 through October 8, 2019, by four workgroups focused on the goal areas of the previous BCPS strategic plan, Blueprint 2.0: Our Way Forward: academics, safety and security, communicat­ion, and organizati­onal effectiven­ess.

Workgroups were led by BCPS staff and included students, parents, community members, and staff, as well as comprehens­ive reviews of data and informatio­n.

The report also includes a summary of feedback from 10 Community Conversati­ons (public forums the superinten­dent held throughout the county).

The report expands on Dr. Williams’ vision to raise the bar, close gaps, and prepare every student for the future. It was released at last night’s meeting of the Board of Education of Baltimore County.

The community is invited to stay involved in the budget process for FY2021, as well as preparing for the system’s next multiyear strategic plan. People can also subscribe to the Team BCPS weekly e-newsletter for ongoing opportunit­ies.

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