Lancaster ISD superintendent takes campus tours
LANCASTER - The annual State of the District luncheon was attended by over 100 people and provided Lancaster ISD with the privilege of sharing accomplishments and assessing the progress the district has made during the past year. Dr. McFarland highlighted district initiatives including the system for Teacher and Student Achievement (TAP), LISD increased enrollment, demographic trends, teacher compensation, the Turn-Around Agenda and the Districts strategic goals. Dr. McFarland's address was preceded by Mr. Nicholas Keith, LISD Elementary Teacher of the Year, Jacob South LHS Student Body President and Kiarra Swanson, student council member at Rosa Parks/Millbrook who spoke about how the city and school district could work together and what they wanted the community members to know about.
Dr. McFarland continues the conversation in the upcoming weeks while conducting site visits to LISD campuses. Each visit includes a 30 minute conversation with parents, students and staff and leads him into Phase 3 of the Superintendent Entry Plan which includes "Leading and Progress Monitoring". The site visits conducted in a minimum of 4 hour segments and conclude with an exit conversation with the principal, are designed to provide parents, teachers and students with the opportunity to update Dr. McFarland on how they would currently rate the school along with how they view the Districts effectiveness. The site visits which began on Oct. 19 at West Main Elementary conclude on Nov. 10 at Rosa Parks/Millbrook Elementary. Highlights of Dr. McFarland's first visit include a new title, when a 4th grade student explained to another student that Dr. McFarland's position means he is the "The Big Cheese". Dr. McFarland asked the same student to explain to him what he meant when he stated that their school teaches them that they have 'endless possibilities'. "I am impressed that they understand what that means, stated Dr. McFarland. It is truly our goal in this district that they leave us with more than a diploma and endless possibilities."
Dr. McFarland plans to conduct similar site visits in the spring semester as well.