Lake seeks to become more competitive destination district
If Lake County’s traditional public schools are going to successfully compete with private schools, charter schools, and other options now available to students, the district will have to do things differently.
That was the message from Superintendent Diane Kornegay as she introduced some bold initiatives for the district during a School Board workshop on Monday. She identified the following goals, designed to improve student performance, and the board discussed ways to freeing up money to pay for them:
- Every district-operated school in Lake County will earn at least a grade of B.
- District graduation rates will reach or exceed 90%.
- Pre-K and early learning initiatives will be aggressively accelerated.
- We will eliminate third-grade retention for any student we serve in district schools continuously from kindergarten through Grade 3.
- We will provide acceleration options beginning in middle school that will give every student the opportunity to acquire marketable industry certifications and readiness for post-secondary education.
- We will leverage partnerships to give every student the opportunity to graduate with at least one year of transferrable college credit.
- We will establish collegiate academies that will give students the option to complete programs that will confer both an associate’s degree and a high school diploma upon graduation.
Detailed strategies for reaching these goals have not yet been finalized, but they will likely include replicating successful educational models that incorporate innovative school structures and instructional practices.