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A new vision for BV

Getting students ready for the future

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 2:55 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 2:57 p.m. CDT

MANLIUS — Throughout the next five years, the Bureau Valley community will be striving to build a new vision for their school district.

On Tuesday, Superintendent Steve Endress announced that by 2020, it’s the district’s goal to have every Bureau Valley graduate either working toward an associate’s degree, already obtained an associate’s degree or have acquired an industry certification.

The hope is that students will be ready for the workforce or will have a written plan for their future career immediately following high school.

Endress explained the vision was created following the strategic planning sessions held this past spring with board members and participating community members.

“The board was very interested in propelling the district forward, as there has been a couple bumps in the road in the past few years, and we’re ready to start a new era for the school district,” Endress said.

After observing the district and discovering key components, Endress and Assistant Superintendent Gavin Sronce were able to put together the vision that Endress said will create a different kind of high school — one that will allow students different opportunities they currently do not have and that no other high schools in the area offer.

Part of the vision is to allow more flexibility in students’ scheduling, so they can take advantage of more resources in their communities, whether that’s through an internship with local employers or expanding on opportunities offered through junior colleges.

“(We will) basically put no ceiling on our students on what they can accomplish in their careers,” Endress said.

He pointed out the short time frame for the vision.

“We don’t have all the answers yet, and we don’t know how the process is going to happen. That’s something we’ve already asked our district staff, especially our high school staff, to partner with us, and we’ve asked the association to partner with the administration to help build Bureau Valley for the future,” he said.

Board President Rick Cernovich spoke for the board when he said everyone is supportive in the administration with the vision.

“We’re anxious and look forward to working with them and our current teachers and staff,” he said. “I think the challenge will be to get the parents and students on board to be as excited as we are, but we’re looking forward to that. We don’t have all the answers now. It’s a working progress, but it’s nice to have a big goal to shoot for.”

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