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Vision, Mission, Beliefs, Expectations

over 2 years ago

Vision Statement 

Laurens County School District 55 will be a system of excellence and equity in educational practices for each learner. 

Mission Statement

The mission of Laurens County School District 55 is to create a community of learners who are responsible and productive citizens.

Vision Statement 

Laurens County School District 55 will be a system of excellence and equity in educational practices for each learner. 

Mission Statement

The mission of Laurens County School District 55 is to create a community of learners who are responsible and productive citizens.

Belief Statements 

In District 55, we believe that . . .

  • Children are our most valuable resource. 
  • Every individual can learn and can be successful.
  • Every individual can make a valuable contribution to society.
  • The total education of our children is the shared responsibility of our students, parents, schools, community, and government.
  • The family is the primary influence in the development of an individual.
  • A diversified education strengthens individuals and society.
  • Every individual deserves to be treated with dignity, fairness, and respect.
  • Each individual has different needs and deserves equal opportunities for success in learning.
  • Excellence is achievable through high expectations and continuous improvement.
  • All students have the right to learn in a safe, clean, and comfortable environment.
  • Learning is a life-long process.
  • All students deserve a relevant and challenging education that prepares them for the future.
  • All system decisions will be based on data to meet the needs of our students. 

Expectations

Laurens County School District 55 expects . . . 

  • every individual to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • everyone to accept responsibility for maintaining a safe, clean, and orderly environment in order to optimize learning opportunities.
  • every staff member to work to improve communication in order to increase awareness of and involvement in our continuous improvement efforts.
  • our schools to provide a rigorous and relevant curriculum based on best practices for each student as outlined by the district, state, and nation.
  • all staff to make every moment matter in order to provide each student with an excellent educational opportunity. 

AdvancED Accreditation Review Team Visits

over 2 years ago

In a special called meeting on Wednesday, November 11, the District 55 Board of Trustees heard a very favorable report from Patricia Golding, Chairperson of an AdvancED External Review Team.  The five-member team of education professionals conducted a three-day  thorough review of the district’s impact of teaching and learning on student performance, the capacity of leadership to guide and ensure effectiveness in carrying out strategic direction of the district, and the utilization of resources to meet diverse needs of students and the district.  The team’s findings will be used as a tool for formative analysis and continuous improvement in the district. Upon completion of the intensive review process, team members compiled data and issued the district an overall Index of Education Quality (IEQ) score of 307.80.  This exceeds the AdvancED Network Average IEQ score of 278.34, an average determined by data from over 32,000 institutions serving 20 million students worldwide.  After presenting the team’s findings, Golding reported, “The External Review Team recommends to the AdvancED Accreditation Commission that Laurens County School District 55 earn the distinction of accreditation by AdvancED.” 



  External Review Team Members

Robbie Binnicker, Julie Von Frank, Dr. Patricia Golding (chair), Shawn Clemons, Louis Martin

Following the recommendation announcement, District 55 Superintendent Billy Strickland noted his appreciation of the commitment and hard work of school and district staff members, as well as the support of the community - - all factors in the positive results of the review.  “I am very proud of this district and community for working together to provide a quality public school system for our students.  Together, we will remain focused on our mission to love, serve, and care for those around us.  District 55 maintains our vision of being a system of excellence and equity in educational practices for each learner.” 

The External Review Team consisted of education professionals from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.  In addition to Dr. Golding, team members included Julie Von Frank, Robbie Binnicker, Shawn Clemons, and Louis Martin.   

The AdvancED accreditation process is an international protocol for institutions committed to systemic, systematic, and sustainable improvement.  

AdvancED Exit Review Report

over 2 years ago