Having a school district that has achieved the state's highest academic rating for itself and all three of its schools hasn't happened by accident. Teams of teachers, administrators, parents, community members and business leaders band together each year to assist members of the Board of Trustees in developing the paths Randolph Field Independent School District schools will take to build on the educational success that have already been experienced. They serve on the RFISD's Districtwide Improvement Committee and Campus Improvement Committees. "They are charged with continuing what we call the 'cycle of progress'," says Rita Polen, Executive Director of Instructional Services.
The cycle begins with teachers at each school recommending the campus performance objectives for the new school year, and then their suggestions are taken to the Campus Improvement Committee where a team representing all facets of the community begins its process.
"This committee also reviews the campus's staff development plan, the budget process for the schools, staffing patterns and how the school will be supporting the educational process for children," Polen adds.
"Once the school/community group is satisfied it has determined a rigorous but achievable set of campus peformance objectives, they are sent to the Districtwide Improvement Committee where a similar panel of parents, business leaders, and educators review them. During this step, the objectives become refined and an ultimate recommendation is then sent to the Board of Trustees for approval.
These committees meet regularly throughout the school year to discuss, evaluate and develop recommendations aimed at improvements in the educational process. Parents are invited to attend any or all of the sessions. Meeting dates and times will be posted on the school campuses and are also available for review on the Internet, along with a listing of committee members, agnedas, and minutes from previous meetings.