TROY — The Troy City Schools Board of Education reviewed the results of the district’s educational vision team’s input on Monday.
Jeff Parker, a representative of SHP, a consultant, and architect firm said the team of teachers, students and community members answered a variety of survey questions and formed breakout groups to determine what the future of education may look like and translate the results to shape the district’s future facility plans.
Parker said the next phase of the facilities planning process is working with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to review their facilities report and enrollment projections. Parker said the information should be forthcoming in the next four to six weeks.
The team toured several of the TCS facilities and worked in small groups to brainstorm ways the district could shape its future facility plans in the next phase of planning.
The team valued problem-based learning and real-world challenges and opportunities to work with community professionals.
“This idea of problem-based learning was a reoccurring theme,” Parker shared. “Real world and being relevant and being able to see your work really impacts your community. (The team) really wanted to strengthen the bond with local professional staff in the district.”
The Educational Vision team also reviewed a variety of modern learning environments. According to the report, the more popular spaces selected by the team included flexible common areas, inviting and multi-purpose spaces and encouraged student-led learning and discussion.
Board member Tom Kleptz noted that school districts who implemented flexible learning spaces, popular in the 1970s, “hate them.”
“I think it was interesting they were talking about those flexible spaces and everybody that has them, hates them,” Kleptz said. “They are not sound proof…we got them out the junior high in that 1970s building … It was just interesting that we are talking about trying to become more flexible and what we’ve got is flexible and it’s not working.”
The Educational Vision team identified challenges such as the Troy City Schools community “may not see the necessity for significant change in the education delivery.” Other challenges included: “staff needs to be appropriately equipped to ensure a consistent approach to instruction; students must have a significant voice in decisions and learning; and TCS must create environments that can adapt to current and future shifts in education.”
In other news:
The board of education accepted Human Resources Director Marion Stout’s resignation effective January 2017. Stout has been employed with Troy City Schools for 26 years. Stout has accepted a human resources position at the Miami County Educational Service Center.
The board also approved changes to the K-12 curriculum. Changes included Troy High School’s American Sign Language I and II, Introduction to Mass Communication and Mass Communication and Troy Junior High’s Pre-Engineering class.
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