In a statement that was made at 9:07 am, the CATCH Prep Governing Board of Education announced “The Departure From The Status Quo” plan Superintendent Dr. Joshua Arnold would effective lay out later in the day. At the one-year mark, the governing board has determined that it is time for Dr. Arnold and the Board to lay out a precise, shares vision for the leadership of the District.
While praising Dr. Arnold’s innovations and contributions, the Board set the stage for a vision of differing perspectives when it comes to the Departure From The Status Quo Plan for CATCH Prep. “Excellence needs a broad perspective, and we’re not willing to contract our vision in continue our push toward college and career success. “Investigating our vision helps us to further ask questions and reflect upon our progress,” Founder Patricia Smith said. “There may have been questions we’ve asked ourselves in regards to trusting where we want to be 5 and 10 years from now. This plan, communicated between the Superintendent and the board, is exactly what we’re hoping to accomplish through an ideal partnership with all community stakeholders as an integral focal point.”
In conversation this morning, the school board’s Dr. Willie Kimbell noted that “All of this came into place over the course of several months of school board meetings, and then last night [June 13, 2018] we were ready toset some dates to roll out this plan. Doing this during open instead of closed session was important for the board. We were not in a position to roll out such a broad plan immediately, so having the time to build it slowly allowed us to share a resolution before the public stakeholder meetings later this month. We will continue meeting is sessions as the plan is executed and share close details about progress and conclusions.”
Any Issues in regard to moving the district forward will be the crux the crux of CATCH Prep’s solutions-over-problems approach. “If it becomes clear that a difference is needed, between the board and Superintendent Dr. Arnold, we have ample resources to meet our communities needs and achieve not just what we want the district to be, but how we want to achieve those ends and by which means.”
From the official release – “During his tenure at CATCH, from Principal in the 2000’s to a return as Superintendent 10 years later, Dr. Arnold set in motion several progressive, innovative initiatives. These include plans to install system-wide academic interventions, demolish barriers standing in the way of student success; pursue total inclusion of special education students into the mainstream classroom, and establish Makerspace classrooms in each of the science spaces. These projects are committed to being completed in the coming years.”
School Board Member Katherine Curry said “The board deliberately took a broad approach to action that we hope will be appropriate for the entire district. All the information from stakeholders that we’ve gathered over the years gives us confidence in our investigation of a clear and bold goal for students that can be corroborated and cross-referenced for years and years to come. I feel completely filled with pride today, and I’m looking forward to our parents and students feeling at ease and comfortable achieving in the pocket of our our collective vision with the decision that we made.”
The official release from the CATCH Prep district network noted that “The CATCH Board of Education will begin working with the superintendent on searching for individualized benchmarks immediately. As in past searches for extended visioning data, we will request the community’s participation in the process by asking for your input regarding your experience as school community members, characteristics and qualifications that meet your expectations for your students, and next, monthly superintendent meetings to create direct lines of communication . We will keep you apprised of the process and progress. Any special meetings will be shared via newsletter and posted on the website and will be held as soon as possible in later weeks or months as needed to appoint.
In the interim, school board meetings will continue to be held at the district offices on Thursdays throughout June and July of the 17-18 school year barring any emergency situations. The public is always invited to attend, and community input will be welcomed.