SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Summer vacation is ending for kids around town this week as the new school year begins. Tuesday the superintendent of the Springfield School District discussed her plans for the upcoming school year.
“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done to increase student success in the Springfield School District,” said Dr. Hertica Martin, Springfield School District Superintendent.
That’s why Dr. Martin is coming up with a plan to increase achievement, accountability, and access.
Dr. Martin says the district tends to have lower dropout rates and higher graduation rates than other districts in the state, but graduation rates did go down in 2013, which the district is hoping to improve.
She says something that got in the way of student success in the past, furlough days, but those’ll no longer exist because of an increase in state funding.
Martin says she hopes this upward trend continue so the district can meet the state’s goal of having 80 percent of graduates continuing their education after high school by 2025.
“You know we’re moving in the right direction, so we’re looking forward to this school year to make a difference for kids,” Dr. Martin said.
She also talked about the district’s bond measure on the November ballot. The district is hoping voters will approve the $71.5 million measure to improve technology and expand classrooms so there’s room for full day kindergarten next year. It also hopes to replace Hamlin Middle School.
The district says at the beginning of the school year it’ll work on its bond measure and then will shift its focus to creating a new strategic plan.