“It gives the board direction for the upcoming year,” Lawrence said.
Analyzing the School Report Card Data will be another important part of the retreat.
This fall, Report Card information was released for 2012-2013. District 80 as a whole did not meet adequate yearly progress standards for that year, but saw gains in reading scores on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test.
At the retreat, board members and administrative staff will examine the data in great detail to gain a better understanding of how the district performed, Green said.
“It’s an opportunity to go more in depth with the board,” Green said.
The school calendar should also feature prominently at the retreat, especially since the district has now used six of its 10 snow days for the school year.
In December, the district used three snow days. Then, this week, the district used three more.
No decisions have yet been made on amending the school calendar, but the snow days will have to be made up, either during spring break or at the end of the year.
“There’s nothing we can do about the weather,” Lawrence said. “We don’t ever want to do anything to put the students in danger.”