FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Students at Southwest Allen County Schools will head back to school Wednesday, August 12 and the superintendent, the board and teachers have been busy planning.
SACS Superintendent Dr. Philip Downs joined NewsChannel 15’s Gina Glaros on First News Saturday to preview the upcoming year.
Last year, the district ran several community discussions and surveys to find out what the SACS community wanted in 21st century education. Based on the feedback, the board recently developed a new mission: to prepare today’s learners for tomorrow’s opportunities. As a result, the district developed a strategic plan to accomplish that. The district will spend the next few years working on the plan and how to put into operation.
This fall, the district hopes to have a series of discussions for funding sources for schools and educate community about situations that public schools face. It will work on the dialogue to make sure people have a say in what’s going on in the community, so the board can make good policy and be responsible to the taxpayers.
This is Dr. Downs’ second year as superintendent.
“For four years, I got to watch Dr. Yager up close and so, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what the job is like, but the reality is that there’s so much that comes at your from so many different directions that I didn’t even know about by just watching him. So, you really, I think, have to learn to assess quickly whether it’s something you need to address or whether it’s something you need to ask the right questions to get people to think about how they can solve the problem,” said Dr. Downs.
Dr. Downs said the district operates under the constraints of tax caps for projects. The district was able to get grants to finalize enough money to get mini iPads for students in kindergarten through second grade this year.