“We have to promote the awareness to our students and the access that our students have to these industries, positions and career paths by partnering in a much greater sense with those businesses,” he said.
He intends to increase the school’s graduation rate through credit recovery, Academic Intervention Services and the enhancement of alternative education for students.
MAGIC OF LEARNING
In addition, Mannix said, focused, monitored and consistent professional development must be used to improve achievement.
Students have to be connected to the teacher and the material being taught, he continued, and teachers must have superior instructional delivery.
“That’s when the magic of learning happens,” Mannix said.
Equally as important, he added, is developing a comprehensive plan for transparent, open and honest communication.
Mannix vowed to improve Beekmantown Central’s outreach by being visible in the community and discussing budgetary issues at public venues.
It is vital, he added, that education be sustainable.
“The worst thing in the world is you could have a system where our programming is down to nothing because our costs are so high,” he said.
His strategies for achieving sustainability include pursuing opportunities for shared services and energy-cost savings, examining contracts and retiree health-insurance expenses and looking for cost efficiencies in areas such as transportation and food services.
“We can’t hire someone who believes in doing what’s always been done,” Mannix said. “The whole education system is changing, from funding to pedagogical components ... I’ll bring those creative approaches.
“I promise as superintendent to bring leadership, vision, partnerships and communication.”
As Peru High School principal, Mazzella said during his presentation, he has worked to empower the abilities of teachers and students and has initiated many student-led programs, including a leadership team that allows kids to be involved in the school’s shared decision-making.