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Superintendent pitches strategic plan
Gainesville City Schools new leader unveils program using iPads
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• Superintendent Wanda Creel announced Gainesville City Schools Board of Education meetings held on the third Monday of each month will be held at the municipal center, 701 Queen City Parkway, beginning July 21.

Board work sessions, which take place on the first Monday of each month, will continue to be held at the school board office, 508 Oak St. NW. Both board meetings and work sessions are held at 6 p.m.

• The board approved a bid for two sets of security doors at Wood’s Mill Elementary.

“This will allow more control over who enters and exits the building,” said Director of Maintenance Adrian Niles. Board member Brett Mercer said it was unfortunate that extra security is needed before the board approved the $14,934 bid.

• Creel proposed a plan to offer two new courses at Gainesville Middle School, both of which will earn high school credit and affect high school GPAs for participating students.

A Coordinate Algebra course offering is proposed at the eighth-grade level for advanced students. Previously, the course was only offered to students in the ninth grade and higher. The school also has plans to offer a new Introduction to Healthcare Science Course.

Jennifer Jacob Brown

In her first public Board of Education meeting Monday, new Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel used iPads to unveil the district’s new strategic plan.

Board members used the state-of-art technology to navigate through the new paperless meeting documentation as part of the new meeting format during the work session.

Creel walked board members through the highlights of the proposed new strategic plan, which is available to the public online.

“We are working as one Gainesville to make sure that every one of our children is successful,” Creel told the room full of board members, principals, central office staff and administrators. “We are definitely putting action to that mission statement.”

She said the new plan puts a priority on areas of greatest need and centers around three main goals.

“One of the critical elements (of the plan) is our goal areas,” Creel said in an interview after the meeting. “They are instruction; learning support, which means that we are working on what is causing barriers to student learning; and the third goal area is our operations.”

Creel stressed in particular the importance of learning support in improving student performance and helping students get the most out of school.

Creel also stressed the plan provides a “road map” for administrators, but can be changed as needed.