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WEST PALM BEACH – The plan that will guide the School District of Palm Beach County for the next five years was officially presented on Wednesday to School Board members and the community.

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert M. Avossa, Ed.D., offered the overview during a Board workshop. The strategic plan, created with significant input from teachers, administrators, District employees, parents, students and the community, has been a top priority for Dr. Avossa since he became Superintendent in June 2015.

“I am so proud of what we have been able to accomplish in just eight short months,” Dr. Avossa said. “I made it a priority to be sure that this plan was not created in isolation, and I believe that the final product captures our collective vision for the future of education in Palm Beach County.”

The strategic plan will be implemented over a three-year period, and focuses on four major goals:

  • Increase reading on grade level by third grade
  • Ensure high school readiness, including academic achievement, behavior and engagement
  • Increase the high school graduation rate
  • Foster post-graduate success, including high school scholars, dual-enrollment degrees, industry certifications, college enrollment and military enlistment

Wednesday was the first in a series of meetings where District employees and the community will have an opportunity to review the strategic plan’s objectives, initiatives and outcomes. The School Board will vote on the plan on March 2, and additional meetings will follow.

Those meetings will be held throughout the community, including a special presentation at a joint event on March 4, hosted by the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County and Business Development Board of Palm Beach County

For a complete overview of the strategic plan, visit www.palmbeachschools.org/strategicplan15/.

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