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Chris Briggs
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Dr. Briggs State of the Schools Presentation - October 26, 2016  ~ click here to view full Powerpoint presentation


The Plan for Progress (PFP)

The Plan for Progress (PFP) presented its findings and recommendations to the Northridge Board of Education. The community-led group, which has been meeting for nearly two years, has developed a roadmap for the future of our Northridge Schools. The goal of the committee was to recommend a plan that would ensure our schools offer a high quality education while operating in an efficient manner.

The committee conducted extensive research and analysis of the district’s finances and academic plan, and learned more about facility needs. The committee reported that the current state of our elementary and middle school learning environments were holding our students back from reaching their full potential. Not only do they lack modern learning space, but it has also become extremely costly to maintain our nearly 100 year-old Alexandria Primary building, which is not the best use of our taxpayer dollars.

Based on these findings, the committee recommended that the board of education consider closing the Alexandria Primary building, renovate the middle school, and construct a new Prekindergarten-6th grade building. This plan would consolidate all schools onto one campus – to be located by the current high school and middle school property.

Through the construction of new schools and renovating the middle school, the district would eliminate the Intermediate School trailers so that students can attend class in traditional classrooms, provide modern learning spaces that are needed to prepare students for today’s world, and upgrade building security.

Thank you to the many staff members, residents and parents that were part of this important process. The committee worked hard, was exhaustive in their research and knows how important our schools are to the community.

The board of education will now review their findings to figure out how to best proceed financially, including the possibility of a ballot issue in November of 2016.  We will keep you informed as the process continues to move forward.

 

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Dr. Briggs PowerPoint on Plan for Progress (PFP) given at the Community Form on April 27, 2016 ~ click for the full PowerPoint

 

 



 

 

Nothridge Schools: Plan for Progress (PFP)

Northridge Schools have faced many recent challenges. Thankfully --- due to the support of our generous voters and the measures taken to operate in a lean manner while still protecting the classroom – we have righted the ship and are looking at positive financial numbers and have advanced academically.

It is critically important that we build upon this recent progress and create a roadmap for our future that ensures our schools offer a high quality education while operating in an efficient manner.

Education is changing, and we need to ensure our district is prepared to meet these challenges. We need a clear plan, built on our vision, mission and Viking values, which can help prepare Northridge kids for careers, college and life.

Based upon recent conversations with the community, it is clear what issues we need to address – Maintaining Lean and Efficient Operations; Academic Achievement; and Modern Facilities. Our Plan for Progress will provide Northridge Schools Leadership measureable objectives to reach our goals.

In order to be successful, community feedback is vital. Northridge Schools have created a two-phased process to ensure we reach our goals.

Phase I: The first phase will go from September to December. During this time, 3 small work teams, comprised of volunteer citizens and supported by school personnel, will lead a conversation on each of the issues identified:

  • Maintaining Lean and Efficient Operations
    • What can the district do to improve and maintain school district operating efficiencies and effectiveness, including our facilities?
  • Academic Achievement
    • What programs and services can the school district provide to help students succeed academically?
  • Modern Facilities
    • Do our current facilities meet students’ needs and best prepare them for 21st century learning?

The three committees will meet bi-monthly to discuss what it takes to address each item and what can be done to reach our goals.

At the conclusion of their work, each committee will present their research and initial findings.

Phase II: The second phase will take place from January to March. The findings of the committees’ work will be presented to the board of education. School leadership will then meet with the community to discuss the committees’ findings and gather additional feedback.

Finalization of Plan for Progress: The final plan will be presented at the end of the school year to begin implementation in the 2015-2016 school year.

 

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Dear Northridge Schools Residents:

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year. Our teachers and staff have been busy preparing for our Northridge students and we are excited to welcome them as they return to our hallways prepared to learn, achieve and succeed.  

What can we look forward to with the new school year? Education is changing, all schools across Ohio are in the middle of major changes- from the way we teach and test our kids, to the way we evaluate our principals and teachers, to how we rank and keep our schools accountable with the Ohio State Report Card system.

In Northridge, we need to ensure our district is prepared to meet these challenges. Using the recently created vision, mission and Viking values, we look forward to working with all community members in crafted a plan to ensure we meet our goals. Goals that reflect the needs of our students and values of our community.

Northridge Schools have faced many recent challenges. Thankfully --- due to the support of our generous voters and the measures taken to operate in a lean manner while still protecting the classroom – we have righted the ship and are looking at positive financial numbers and have advanced academically.

It is critically important that we build upon this recent progress and create a roadmap for our future that ensures our schools offer a high quality education while operating in an efficient manner. Strong schools and a strong community go hand and hand, and in order for this partnership to remain strong, communication is key. I look forward to the ongoing dialogue with our community on ensuring our Northridge schools remain on a path of progress and stability.

Thank you for supporting our schools and excellence in education. I am a very active person so you can always find me out in the schools or at community events.  If not, then you can also keep up with me on Twitter (@northridgesupt). It’s a great day to be a Viking!

Chris Briggs

Superintendent

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Superintendent’s Comments

The Northridge Local School District Board of Education approved the new Vision, Mission, and Viking Value Statements at the October Board of Education meeting. The new statements reflect the positive direction our district is moving and support the educational priorities of our students, staff and community members. It is a great day to be a Viking and tomorrow is even better! Come and visit our schools and share the excitement as we strive every day to ensure that every student reaches their fullest potential. My professional goal is to build trust in this great school district through open communication, collaboration, positive leadership, respect, integrity and holding everyone accountable to empower all our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be college and career ready.

Vision

Our vision is to ensure that every student reaches their fullest potential.

Mission

Our mission is to empower all students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be college and career ready.

Viking Values

Trust

Communication

Leadership

Collaboration

Respect

Integrity

Accountability

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See you in the schools,
Chris M. Briggs, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

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