SPS moving forward with plans for 2017 bond

by Stillwater News Press

The Long Range Facilities Committee for Stillwater Public Schools is in the fact gathering stage of improvements to be made at each school site throughout the district.

In preparation for the upcoming bond in February 2017, the committee laid out their timeline for the SPS Board of Education at Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The committee has met with administrators at each school to determine needs, and is now holding Stakeholders meetings for the community members and parents involved.

The next phase will be for an engineering group from Selser Schaefer Architects to visit the buildings to assess the projects. From Nov. 23 to the end of the year, Selser Schaefer Architects will put numbers on each project and prioritizing them.

The BOE also heard school improvement updates from Skyline Elementary and Stillwater Middle School.

Faculty at Skyline is focusing on W.I.N. (What I Need) time, data boards, which track student progress from year to year by grade level and subject, and school culture this year. Principal Andrea Rains said they are focused on promoting literacy.

SMS has a goal to train all teachers in the Great Expectations Principles over the next three years. This will involve teachers greeting students at the door before each class and students answering questions in complete sentences. There are already 10 teachers trained in the program. SMS is also creating more time for teachers to collaborate and guide their own discussions at faculty meetings, as well as increasing awareness about students of poverty, both socially and academically.