Superintendent Winn shared information about the Public Education Visioning Institute, which was formed in 2006 by superintendents who were frustrated with the direction of present-day education, and wanted a clearer vision on creating 21st century schools.
The need for Texas schools, according to Winn, is to move out of a 20th century model of education into a modern 21st century learning environment that adapts to a rapidly changing world and the digital age.
“Most of us in education believe that our present system does not foster development of the skill sets that students need to meet the challenges brought about by the digital, social, and economic forces now common to everyday life,” said Winn. “We are fully committed to providing students with a curriculum that is relevant, challenging, and meaningful, and we strongly support high learning standards with reasonable variation to challenge and motivate every child.”
Goals and standards for the implementation of this new vision for Texas education include a new digital learning environment, new learning standards, assessments for learning, accountability for learning, organizational transformation, and a more balanced and reinvigorated state and local partnership.
The focus of the Visioning Institute is student development in the areas knowledge, skills, and attitudes within a learning culture that inspires them to do their best. The vision is that schools become even more of a safe haven that cultivates learning and curiosity in a functional environment.
“Regional consortiums are forming across the state to begin the process of transforming this vision into implementation,” continued Winn. “All four of the Karnes County school superintendents have joined the Region 3 School Transformation Network which is slated for start-up this fall.”
In other matters, trustees:
•Approved action to request bids for an oil, gas, and mineral lease on a two acre tract of property in the Gillette area that the KCISD has the mineral rights to, though the property is owned by someone else. School districts are required to go through a bid process in order to lease the mineral rights
•Approved the Walsh Anderson 2012-2013 Student Code of Conduct in regards to disciplinary issues and policies for the school district
•Approved a date of August 6 for a public meeting to discuss the 2012-2013 budget and proposed tax rate
•Approved the changing of regular school board meetings for the months of August and March. The August regular meeting will be on the 6th (first Monday of that month), and the March regular meeting will be on the 18th (third Monday of that month)
•Approved the hiring Marlana Moeller as a new 8th grade History teacher at Karnes City Junior High.