School Board’s Belief Statements

  1. All students deserve the opportunity to learn, achieve success and become productive citizens.
  2. Education/learning is a shared responsibility and should take place in the home, at school and in the community.
  3. All students can learn; but they learn in different ways, at different rates and with different preferential learning styles.
  4. Learning is achieved through the use of a variety of effective teaching techniques.
  5. A safe and secure environment is essential for teaching and learning.
  6. All students should be taught by teachers and parents how to learn and how to become lifelong learners.  All students deserve equal access to a quality education.
  7. Quality education requires quality staff, programs, facilities, equipment and technology.
  8. Parent and community participation, support and responsibility are essential to the positive social, emotional, cultural and academic development of every student.
  9. Student achievement is enhanced through partnerships with parents, businesses, community-based organizations and agencies, local institutions of higher learning and other public entities.
  10. All policy, administrative, instructional and educational support decisions should be based on student needs and what is best for students.
  11. Diversity should be promoted so that isolation of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups is avoided and education is enhanced in a diverse, inclusive setting.
  12. All schools should be accountable for improving student achievement.
  13. All schools should reflect school-based, participatory management.
  14. All students must be prepared to function effectively in a knowledge-based, technologically-rich and culturally-diverse 21st century.
  15. All staff should have access to results-driven professional development and training which is aligned with the School Board’s Major System Priorities and School Improvement Plans. Such professional development and training must be standards-based, job-embedded, collaborative and build an organizational culture that insures continuous improvement.