Priorities, 2023-2024

The Fort Zumwalt School District began the process of “Mapping Our Future” in November of 2022. Per guidelines of the Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP 6), all school districts in the state of Missouri are required to develop a Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP). The district Administrative Team and the Board of Education determined that the process must be inclusive of staff and stakeholders, and committed to forming a Steering Committee that would be engaged in the development and accountability of the plan.

Initial key actions of the Steering Committee were:

● Creation of a new district Mission and Vision Statement

● Extensive Data Review and identification of the district’s strengths,

weaknesses, opportunities and threats

● Hosted community and staff forums to gather feedback

The Steering Committee, utilizing the feedback from the community forums, as well as information gathered at previous meetings, identified five areas of focus for the CSIP. The five areas that were prioritized are:

  1. Academic Achievement

  2. Recruitment and Retention

  3. Efficiency and Operations

  4. Climate, Culture and Communications

  5. Mental Health

    Each subgroup identified Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and

    Timely (SMART) goals for their prioritized area. Each goal includes a rationale,

    strategies identified for implementation, funding sources, MSIP alignment and

    action steps. In May of 2023, the Steering Committee met and approved the

    goals for each area.

    The completed CSIP will be presented to the Board of Education for approval

    and submitted to the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education in

    July 2023. Pending approval of the CSIP by the Board of Education, it is

    recommended that the 2023-24 Board Priorities mirror the CSIP goals. The

    CSIP is a “living” document and will be reviewed by the Board of Education a

    minimum of four times per academic school year.

    Fort Zumwalt School District

    Board of Education Priorities

    2023-24 School Year

  1. Academic Achievement - Smart Goal: Fort Zumwalt School District will

    score “Target” across all core subject Annual Performance Report (APR)

    achievement performance indicators as indicated on the 2026-2027 APR.

  2. Recruitment and Retention - Smart Goal 1: The Fort Zumwalt School

    District will increase the percentage of employment applications per

    vacancy by 15% for all categories within the next three years.

  3. Recruitment and Retention - Smart Goal 2: The Fort Zumwalt School

    District will reduce the number of resignations in all categories by 20%

    within the next three years.

  4. Efficiency and Operations - Smart Goal 1: The district will identify and

    audit three areas of district operations resulting in increased district

    resources in at least one of the three following areas: available funding

    (economy), time (efficiency), or quality outcomes (effectiveness) over the

    course of the next 3 years.

  5. Efficiency and Operations - Smart Goal 2: Complete an audit of safety

    practices to use in the development of standardized monthly/quarterly

    safety checks tied directly to a uniform district safety plan.

  6. Climate, Culture, and Communication - Smart Goal 1: Favorable

    results from students, staff, and family surveys regarding community

    engagement will increase by 5% on an annual basis.

  7. Climate, Culture, and Communication - Smart Goal 2: FZSD will

    increase a sense of belonging from the students, staff, and families by

    5% annually over the next three years as indicated by survey data.

  8. Mental Health - Smart Goal 1: Positive growth mindset ratings for

    students in grades 3-12 will increase from a district average of 59% to

    70% by the end of the 2026-2027 school year.

  9. Mental Health - Smart Goal 2: Teachers' positive ratings regarding

    their ability to teach all types of students will increase from an average of

    66% to 76% by the end of the 2026-2027 school year.