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A new vision for Bureau Valley

Goal is to get students ready for the future

Published: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Superintendent Dr. Steve Endress

MANLIUS – Over the next 5 years, the Bureau Valley community will strive to build a new vision for the school district.

Superintendent Dr. Steve Endress announced Tuesday that the district’s goal was, by 2020, for every Bureau Valley High School graduate to have an associate’s degree, be working toward an associate’s degree, or have earned an industry certification.

The hope is that students will be ready for the workforce or will have a written plan for their future careers immediately after high school.

Endress explained the vision was created after strategic planning sessions this past spring with board members and participating community members.

“The board was very interested in propelling the district forward, as there have been a couple bumps in the road in the past few years,” Endress said, “and we’re ready to start a new era for the school district.”

After observing the district and discovering key components, Endress and Assistant Superintendent Gavin Sronce put together the vision that, Endress said, will create a different kind of high school – one that will allow students different opportunities they now do not have and that no other high school in the area offers.

Part of the vision is to allow more flexibility in students’ scheduling, so they can take advantage of more resources in their communities, whether that’s through an internship with local employers or expanding on opportunities offered through junior colleges.

“[We will] basically put no ceiling on our students on what they can accomplish in their careers,” Endress said.

He pointed out the short time frame for the vision.

“We don’t have all the answers yet, and we don’t know how the process is going to happen,” he said. “That’s something we’ve already asked our district staff, especially our high school staff, to partner with us, and we’ve asked the association to partner with the administration to help build Bureau Valley for the future.”

Board President Rick Cernovich said the board supports the administration’s vision.

“We’re anxious and look forward to working with them and our current teachers and staff,” he said. “I think the challenge will be to get the parents and students on board to be as excited as we are, but we’re looking forward to that. We don’t have all the answers now. It’s a work in progress, but it’s nice to have a big goal to shoot for.”

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