Superintendent reveals what's in store for DPS

January 26, 2011 8:41:11 PM PST
The superintendent for Durham Public Schools has laid out an ambitious achievement plan to improve student performance.It includes 25 goals and 122 strategies with smart goals that focus on six areas -- academic acceleration, communication and partnerships, equitable standards, effective operations, talent development and wellness and safety.

"We are about to do something different and we expect very different results," Durham Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Eric Becoats said.

Implementing changes will include cuts elsewhere -- other programs that aren't effective.

"We will share that information once we deliver our budget for 2011-12, because it will specifically detail what items have been redirected to support the strategic plan," Becoats said.

The plan spans grades Kindergarten through 12th and even Pre-K, to provide accountability for each student's progress in basic classroom skills, more advanced placement classes, SAT and ACT prep courses and an initiative for STEAM which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

"I work for the environment protection agency down the road and we are so excited because of the emphasis on STEAM ," Kelly Leovic with US EPA.

Officials say teachers are key to the plan.

Becoats says he'll implement recruitment and retention initiatives and look into using signing bonuses to lure great ones.

"I'm interested in seeing these initiatives that are in place, what's it going to look like on the ground," said Bryan Proffitt with Hillside High School.

To view the entire Strategic Plan or for more information visit Durham Public Schools' Strategic Plan website at

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