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					NESHAMINY
 SCHOOL
 DISTRICT
STRATEGIC PLAN
  2006 - 2012
  NESHAMINY SCHOOL DISTRICT

MISSION STATEMENT

The Neshaminy community empowers students to become productive citizens and lifelong
learners.


TAG LINE
Neshaminy: We build futures


BELIEFS
 Excellence in education requires support, sacrifice, and involvement from the total
  community.

 All people have the right to a safe and healthy learning environment.

 People have a responsibility to themselves and others.

 Valuing diversity strengthens our society.

 People learn in different ways and at different rates.

 Quality education is a right.


STRATEGIC GOALS
Students will have opportunities to develop self-esteem through educational achievement,
school citizenship, and involvement.

By graduation, students will meet or exceed State and Federal standards through fulfillment of
District requirements.

Students will demonstrate annual educational achievement consistent with their individual
abilities.

Upon graduation, all students will have a transition plan for their future, which may include
employment and / or continuing education.
STRATEGIC PARAMETERS
We will continue, develop, or implement programs and services only after considering our
mission, student needs, impact on our resources, programs, services, a cost benefit analysis,
representation of those affected, staff training, means of evaluation, legal ramifications, and
equal educational opportunities.

We will not tolerate behaviors which jeopardize the well-being and / or diminish the self-worth
of an individual.

We will not accept incompetence from our employees.


STRATEGIES
Facilities and Educational Environment

      We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet their
       maximum potential.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

      We will ensure that all students meet the highest educational standards.

Student Services

      We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that supports the
       diverse needs of every student.
               NESHAMINY SCHOOL DISTRICT

             Facilities and Educational Environment

Strategy Number: 1
We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet their
maximum potential.


Specific Results:

 1. Neshaminy School District will develop a long-term plan for all District facilities/buildings.

 2. Neshaminy School District will improve the school climate and learning environment in all District
    facilities.

 3. Neshaminy School District will coordinate and expand marketing and media networks.

 4. Neshaminy School District will develop District/Community Partnership.

 5. Neshaminy School District will develop District/Business Partnership.

 6. Neshaminy School District will provide appropriate support (hardware) for technology aligned
    with National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) standards to meet and extend teaching
    and learning.

 7. Neshaminy School District will assess current technology infrastructure in ALL District facilities.

 8. Neshaminy School District will provide staff development opportunities for all employees in order
    to maximize use of technology.
               NESHAMINY SCHOOL DISTRICT

             Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Strategy Number: 2
We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum and the attained
curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards.


Specific Results:
 1. Establish, promote and maintain a standards-based curriculum for ALL students.

 2. Neshaminy School District will design and implement a system to gather, analyze, compile and
    distribute assessment data for the purpose of improving curriculum, instruction and student
    achievement.

 3. Continue to provide a wide range of opportunities for students with varied interests and special
    needs.

 4. The District and each school will continue to achieve Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) as defined by
    No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

 5. Establish, promote and maintain a culture of continuous professional learning for every employee
    who interacts with students in the district.

 6. Explore the Development and Implementation of a Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) Program in every
    elementary building.
               NESHAMINY SCHOOL DISTRICT

                                   Student Services

Strategy Number: 3
We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that supports the
diverse needs of every student.


Specific Results:
 1. Incorporate a curricular component into the In-School Suspension Programs.

 2. Define and create a sanctuary model for supporting students’ social, emotional and behavioral
    needs in grades K to 12.

 3. Increase parent/guardian involvement in educational programs offered by the Neshaminy School
    District and the community.

 4. Explore the current program offerings at the Tawanka Learning Center to diminish the number of
    students currently being sent to private alternate placements.

 5. Provide effective programming and staff development to promote respect for the diversity of all
    students.

 6. Increase school wide interventions to address emotional, behavioral, social and academic concerns
    in grades K to12.

 7. Implement a comprehensive prevention program that teaches skills that support social and
    emotional development allowing for resiliency in grades K to 12.
A         CTION PLAN
                                                                    STRATEGY NUMBER: 1

                                                                          PLAN NUMBER: 1
                                                                        DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will develop a long-term plan for all
District facilities/buildings.

#    ACTION STEP (Number each one)                Assigned              Starting               Due               Completed
                                                     To:                 Date:                 Date:               Date:
1.   Provide summary of existing study
     (BASCO) to show why a new study is
     needed.


2.   Develop a potential scope of work for the
     new study to include buildings, grounds,
     land usage, and enrollment projections.


3.   Contact PASBO and DVPMA to investigate
     Cost Range and similar recent studies
     performed in the State.




                                 Responsible:
                                                 (Shaded areas for administrative use in implementation phase)
C          OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS                                          STRATEGY NUMBER: 1

                                                                             PLAN NUMBER: 1
                                                                            DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.


SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will develop a long-term plan for all
District facilities/buildings.

                         COSTS                                                 BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                 Tangible:

   1. Review study (time); no cost.                         1.   Provides basis for comparison and foundation
                                                                 for new report.
   2. $25,000 to $75,000 for facility study cost to
      develop redistricting plan.                           2.   Identification of and prioritization of which
                                                                 buildings need what.
   3. Consult area districts (Downingtown, Great
      Valley, Centennial) regarding Physical Plant          3.   Enable development of District plan to
      surveys recently performed. All Districts use              economize facilities to prepare for
      Architectural firms who do work in                         redistricting.
      Pennsylvania. Consensus opinion was price
      range of $30,000 to $60,000 for similar study         4.   Allow District to better project budget impact
      for Neshaminy.                                             of needed renovations/upgrades.

                                                            5.   Minimize disruption by coordinating High
                                                                 School opening with elementary/middle school
                                                                 closures/consolidations.

                                                            6.   Better utilization of Site resources.

                                                            7.   Lower overall operating costs by better
                                                                 utilization of facilities.

Intangible:                                               Intangible:

  1.     Community and staff reaction to final report.      1.   Provide community support for undertaking
             Resistance to potential                            new study.
               recommendations.
                                                            2.   Provide justification for the development of
  2.     Costs and improvements will vary site to site           long-range facility plans.
         based upon present status and condition.
                                                            3.   Creates healthier and more productive spaces.

       (Have you considered opportunity costs? Does this action plan have sufficient return on investment?)
A           CTION PLAN                                            STRATEGY NUMBER: 1

                                                                       PLAN NUMBER: 2
                                                                     DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will improve the school climate and
learning environment in all District facilities.

#    ACTION STEP (Number each one)                   Assigned         Starting         Due          Completed
                                                        To:            Date:           Date:          Date:
1.   Conduct research on LEEDS-EB program
     by the Facilities department.
            Applicability of research to all
             District facilities

2.   Arrange/coordinate meetings with staff,
     parents, and community stakeholders at all
     District sites.
          Discuss perceived facility needs
          Focus on improving the learning
             environment

3.   Develop plan to implement findings from

     above steps.




                                  Responsible:
                                                  (Shaded areas for administrative use in implementation phase)
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                                                                        STRATEGY NUMBER: 1

                                                                             PLAN NUMBER: 2
           OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
                                                                           DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will improve the school climate and
learning environment in all District facilities.

                         COSTS                                                BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                 Tangible:

  1.     An initial sampling of LEED-EB Certified           1.   Help Building owners solve Building problems,
         Buildings find an average return On                     improve Building performance throughout a
         investment of 2.6 years and an annual Savings           Buildings Lifecycle.
         of $170,000
                                                            2.   Reduces Cost streams assoc. with Building
  2.     Case Study of Johnson Diversey building                 operations.
         showed an initial implementation cost of
         $73,800 for 277,440 Sq. Ft.                        3.   Improves Building operation while reducing
              Implementation cost per Sq. Ft. $0.27             overall operating costs.
              Annual net savings $137,320
              Annual net savings per Sq. Ft. $0.49         4.   Provides structure for Maintaining
              ROI 0.5 years                                     performance over the long term.

                                                            5.   Connection with stakeholders and District.
―Time‖ to gather information from stake holders in
buildings and community (Information/exchange               6.   Improve student and staff performance.
meetings)




Intangible:                                               Intangible:

  1.     Staff must adjust to paradigm shift towards        1.   Creates Healthy and more Productive spaces.
         Green Buildings and related strategies.
                                                            2.   Provides Public Recognition For leadership in
  2.     Change is never easy.                                   sustainability.

  3.     Costs and improvements will vary site to site      3.   Improved morale
         based upon present status and condition.
                                                            4.   Cooperative team/school spirit
  4.     Community demands/pressures.
                                                            5.   Greater sense of investment

                                                            6.   Student/staff higher motivation


       (Have you considered opportunity costs? Does this action plan have sufficient return on investment?)
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                                                                          STRATEGY NUMBER: 1

                                                                               PLAN NUMBER: 3
           CTION PLAN
                                                                             DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will coordinate and expand marketing
and media networks.

#    ACTION STEP (Number each one)                    Assigned           Starting            Due           Completed
                                                         To:              Date:              Date:           Date:
1.   Dedicate a full-time person to implement
     and oversee marketing and media
     networks.

2.   Develop and implement marketing plan
     using draft developed by Dr. Sandra
     Costanzo in 2002 as a platform.

3.   Maximize Neshaminy Television Network,
     website, as well as local radio and
     newspapers to increase communication
     between the school district and the
     community:
         Broadcast news programs (student)
         Plan community education
            programs (adult distance learning)
         E-mail information option in lieu of
            postal mailings
         Promotional videos

4.   Create a quarterly community newspaper.


5.   Increase circulation of monthly high school
     student newspaper to the community.

6.   Dedicate in house or out source web master
     to better utilize existing
     website.

7.   Create an on-hold message on district
     phones to inform the community of
     upcoming events in all schools.

                                 Responsible:
                                                   (Shaded areas for administrative use in implementation phase)
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                                                                        STRATEGY NUMBER: 1

         OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS                                           PLAN NUMBER: 3
                                                                        DATE: April 27, 2006


STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will coordinate and expand marketing
and media networks.

                         COSTS                                                 BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                 Tangible:

  1.     Approximately $65,000                              1.   Value-added contact with stakeholders
              Expand video production(see #3),                  through the year.
                quarterly district newspaper, monthly
                high school student newspaper,              2.   Heightens community awareness about
                postage meters, webmaster, on-hold               programs and activities.
                message, support for senior
                involvement.                                3.   Emphasizes to the community the school
                                                                 district’s commitment to quality education.

                                                            4.   Builds support for and increase involvement in
                                                                 school district.




Intangible:                                               Intangible:

                                                            1.   Increases appreciation of student achievement
                                                                 and staff commitment.

                                                            2.   Increases senior citizen awareness of the
                                                                 school district and value of educational
                                                                 programs.

                                                            3.   Enhances school district image and
                                                                 community perception of public education


       (Have you considered opportunity costs? Does this action plan have sufficient return on investment?)
                                                                 STRATEGY NUMBER: 1




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                                                                     PLAN NUMBER: 4
                                                                    DATE: April 27, 2006
             CTION PLAN
STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.


SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will develop District/Community
Partnership.

#    ACTION STEP (Number each one)                    Assigned   Starting    Due     Completed
                                                         To:      Date:      Date:     Date:
1.   Establish relationship with senior centers
     within school district, increasing
     involvement through:
            Serving as mentors
            Serving on student committees
            Use of cooperative dollars to host
             community socials

2.   Implement an information center to inform
     community of available educational
     programs:
            Adult distance learning
            Evening classes facilitated by staff,
             community members or
             students

3.   Differentiate facility usage (including pool,
     gym, field, and classroom) usage fees
     between resident (90% and above residents)
     and non-resident (under 90% resident)
     usage.


4.   Exempt all community groups or
     organizations that can verify that they are a
     ―resident‖ program as defined in step 2.
     Establish a consistent, equitable, rental fees
     for facility usage on weekends and holidays.


5.   Establish a procedure to apply for
     exemption (submit alphabetized list of
     participants and addresses for verification).(
     $15 yearly district membership fee to offset
     verification costs.)


6.   Establish an equitable and consistent usage
     fee for all programs that are non-resident.
7.   Give usage priority to resident community
     programs
     Implement an information center to inform
     community of available recreation facilities:
                Pool usage
                Gym usage
                Field usage

8.   Dedicate a person to implement and oversee
     the above steps.




                                 Responsible:
                                                     (Shaded areas for administrative use in implementation phase)
                                                                              STRATEGY NUMBER: 1



C          OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS                                                   PLAN NUMBER: 4
                                                                                 DATE: April 27, 2006


STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.


SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will develop District/Community
Partnership.

                          COSTS                                                    BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                     Tangible:

  1.     Cost of approximately $20,000 of rental loss           1.   Increased exposure of our schools through
         due to providing free access to our facilities for          usage to our community.
         our communities.
                                                                2.   Emphasize the importance of community to
  2.     Cost of dedicating a person to implement and                the school.
         oversee the program.
                                                                3.   Advance student involvement and educational
                                                                     opportunities thereby minimizing at-risk
                                                                     behaviors.




Intangible:                                                   Intangible:

                                                                1.   Expand community awareness and
                                                                     appreciation for the school district.

                                                                2.   Heighten community awareness about
                                                                     programs and activities.

                                                                3.   Emphasize the school’s commitment to
                                                                     supporting community programs over other
                                                                     outside organizations.

                                                                4.   Increases senior citizen awareness of the
                                                                     school district and value of educational
                                                                     programs.


       (Have you considered opportunity costs? Does this action plan have sufficient return on investment?)
                                                                STRATEGY NUMBER: 1




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                                                                  PLAN NUMBER: 5
                                                                 DATE: April 27, 2006
         CTION PLAN
STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.


SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will develop District/Business
Partnership.

#    ACTION STEP (Number each one)                   Assigned    Starting   Due     Completed
                                                        To:       Date:     Date:     Date:
1.   Develop board policy and administrative
     guidelines to govern business and education
     partnership program.

2.   Establish an advisory committee that
     includes administrators, school board
     members, building liaisons, and community
     leaders for purpose of evaluating current
     programs sharing success and coordinating
     and designing strategies to increase
     involvement.

3.   Provide formal recognition program for
     business and education partners.

4.   Utilize web-based research and email
     capabilities to maximize knowledge of local
     businesses with the intent to bring to light
     presently hidden partnership opportunities.

5.   Provide mechanism to offer win-win deals
     for businesses and students. Provide
     businesses with opportunities to be
     mentors, support their children’s co-
     curricular activities, and contribute with an
     advertising system based on real value.


6.   Solicit support from business community to
     form partnerships within curricular areas
     while investing in educational programs.
     Such as:
          NTV programs
           School newspaper
           School website
           Business department activities
           Science labs


7.   Solicit support from business community to
     offset construction costs.
8.   Expand alumni network by developing
     Alumni Association/PTO support @ High
     School and add alumni component to
     website.




                              Responsible:

                                             (Shaded areas for administrative use in implementation phase)
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                                                                             STRATEGY NUMBER: 1
             OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS                                                PLAN NUMBER: 5
                                                                                DATE: April 27, 2006


STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will develop District/Business
Partnership.

                         COSTS                                                 BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                 Tangible:

  1.     Dedicate$6,500.00 for advisory committee and       1.   Provides formal structure to business and
         recognition program.                                    education partnership programs.

                                                            2.   Serves as an outreach for potential business
                                                                 and education partnerships.

                                                            3.   Provides vehicle for recognizing existing
                                                                 business and education partners.

                                                            4.   Shares and maximizes resources.




Intangible:                                               Intangible:

                                                            1.   Provides validation of use of community
                                                                 resources to promote excellence in the school
                                                                 district.

                                                            2.   Elevates the importance of business and
                                                                 education partnerships.




       (Have you considered opportunity costs? Does this action plan have sufficient return on investment?)
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                                                                 STRATEGY NUMBER: 1

          TION PLAN                                                   PLAN NUMBER: 6

                                                                    DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will provide appropriate support
(hardware) for technology aligned with National Educational Technology Standards
(NETS) standards to meet and extend teaching and learning.

#    ACTION STEP (Number each one)                Assigned        Starting          Due          Completed
                                                     To:           Date:            Date:          Date:
1.   Assess how current technology and IT
     department supports curriculum.


2.   Provide appropriate technology to support
     current and future curriculum.


3.   Utilize Act 80 Days to in-service/inform
     certified staff.




                                 Responsible:

                                                 (Shaded areas for administrative use in implementation phase)
C          OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS                                           STRATEGY NUMBER: 1

                                                                              PLAN NUMBER: 6
                                                                             DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will provide appropriate support
(hardware) for technology aligned with National Educational Technology Standards
NETS standards to meet and extend teaching and learning.

                         COSTS                                                 BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                 Tangible:

  1.     $5 million (proposed technology vision)            1.   Total replacement of current equipment.

                                                            2.   Five year plan for replacement to allow for
                                                                 equipment to remain current and cost
                                                                 effective.

                                                            3.   Provide additional equipment –A computer in
                                                                 every classroom.

                                                            4.   Opportunity for students to be technologically
                                                                 competitive.

                                                            5.   Staff is able to deliver curriculum utilizing
                                                                 current methods and materials.

                                                            6.   Infrastructure will support current and future
                                                                 technology needs.

                                                            7.   Work towards a paperless office/reclaim
                                                                 desktop space.

                                                            8.   Expand learning environment outside the
                                                                 classroom.

                                                            9.   Energy/HVAC benefits

Intangible:                                               Intangible:

                                                            1.   Students feel confident competing          in    a
                                                                 technologically advanced world.

                                                            2.   Improved student morale and attitude toward
                                                                 learning.

                                                            3.   Improved staff confidence.

       (Have you considered opportunity costs? Does this action plan have sufficient return on investment?)
A        CTION PLAN
                                                                  STRATEGY NUMBER: 1

                                                                       PLAN NUMBER: 7
                                                                     DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will assess current technology
infrastructure in ALL District facilities.

#    ACTION STEP (Number each one)                 Assigned        Starting          Due          Completed
                                                      To:           Date:            Date:          Date:
1.   Conduct a needs assessment in all district
     buildings.

2.
     Survey school personnel to determine:
         Current level of utilization
         Assess lifespan of existing
            equipment
         Determine future needs
3.
     Develop a plan to upgrade existing
     equipment and procure new equipment.




                                Responsible:
                                                  (Shaded areas for administrative use in implementation phase)
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         OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS                                               PLAN NUMBER: 7
                                                                           DATE: April 27, 2006


STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.

SPECIFIC RESULTS:        Neshaminy School District will assess current technology
infrastructure in ALL District facilities.

                       COSTS                                                  BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                Tangible:

  1.   District personnel will complete                    1.   Teachers will be better able to meet the
       survey/inventory to assess their own use of              growing needs of their students and align their
       technology.                                              lessons with state standards.

  2.   District currently spends $200,000 annually         2.   Support Staff will be better able to complete
       for equipment; need to upgrade equipment in a            their duties in a more efficient manner.
       systematic manner as a cost containment
       effort.                                             3.   Administrators will be better able to assess
                                                                the level of equipment utilization. This will
  3.   District will solicit donations ($100,000) from          facilitate the decision making process for
       the community to procure additional                      future procurements.
       equipment that conforms to existing platforms.
       (See Strategy 1/Plan 5 regarding                    4.   Students will be better prepared for post
       District/Business Partnerships)                          secondary learning opportunities.

                                                           5.   Students will have more marketable skills to
                                                                offer potential employers.




Intangible:                                              Intangible:

                                                           1.   Develop a sense of pride.

                                                           2.   Community will be more aware of the specific
                                                                needs of the district and have an increased
                                                                sense of ownership.




(Have you considered opportunity costs? Does this action plan have sufficient return on investment?
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                                                                    STRATEGY NUMBER: 1

                                                                         PLAN NUMBER: 8
        CTION PLAN
                                                                       DATE: April 27, 2006


STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will provide staff development
opportunities for all employees in order to maximize use of technology.

#    ACTION STEP (Number each one)                    Assigned        Starting          Due          Completed
                                                         To:           Date:            Date:          Date:
1.     Provide in-service opportunities (Act 80
        Days) as determined by technological
                proficiency assessment.
     http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2003/tech_schools/ch
     apter6.asp#2 and
     http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2003/tech_schools/ch
     apter6.asp#3


2.   Utilize district and community personnel to
     develop and maximize the use of technology.


3.   Provide in-service opportunities for District
     employees’ development in technology.




                                 Responsible:

                                                     (Shaded areas for administrative use in implementation phase)
                                                                            STRATEGY NUMBER: 1



C          OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
                                                                               PLAN NUMBER: 8
                                                                              DATE: April 27, 2006


STRATEGY: We will establish a learning environment which will enable students to meet
their maximum potential.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will provide staff development
opportunities for all employees in order to maximize use of technology.

                          COSTS                                                  BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                    Tangible:

  1.     Duty period opportunity for secondary staff           1.   Improves the productivity, as well as the
         within regular work day.                                   comfort level of all employees. The training
                                                                    provided could be peer training (see attached),
  2.     Act 80 time to facilitate/share skills with all            formal instruction provided by Business
         staff (certified and support staff).                       Education Teachers (computer training), or an
                                                                    outside source.

                                                               2.   One period per day assigned to one or two
                                                                    teachers to provide peer support with
                                                                    computer training. Teachers receiving the
                                                                    duty period would have to receive training
                                                                    before receiving the duty period.




Intangible:                                                  Intangible:

  1.     Assess students, teachers, administrators,            1.   Determines the levels of proficiency of all
         Tech support, and all support staff for levels of          district personnel and what technology courses
         proficiency. (on-line test/no cost/Neshaminy               could be offered.
         School District Management Information
         Systems Department Proposed Three-Five                2.   Will allow for continued development of
         Year Technology Vision)                                    technology policy and procedures as well as
                                                                    forecasting changes in technology.
  2.     Extend current Technology Committee to
         include District employees, local higher
         education and community business leaders.

  www.ed.gov/print/about/offices/list
  /os/technology/place/2004/plan.html (page 15, 7
  Major Action Steps and Recommendations, Step1,
  bullets 3 & 4)

       (Have you considered opportunity costs? Does this action plan have sufficient return on investment?)
A        CTION PLAN
                                                               STRATEGY NUMBER: 2

                                                                 PLAN NUMBER: 1
                                                                DATE: April 27, 2006


STRATEGY: We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum and the
attained curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Establish, promote and maintain a standards-based curriculum for
ALL students.

#       ACTION STEP (Number each one)               Assigned    Starting   Due         Completed
                                                       To:       Date:     Date:         Date:

1.   Continue to align curriculum in ALL
     areas with national and state
     standards.
      Adopt and Implement Technology
        Standards
      Adopt and Implement Literacy
        Standards
      Encourage curriculum leaders to
        continue to meet with staff to review and
        revise current curriculum guides.
      Designate District Act 80 days to review
        and revise current curriculum guides.
      Investigate modifying pre-observation
        form to reflect the role of PA standards
        in the creation of a lesson

2.   Make curriculum guides readily
     available for ALL staff and community
     members.
      Publish curriculum guides (and course
       selection guides) on District website.
      Develop a 6th-12th grade quick reference
       a guide similar to the elementary ―Quick
       Reference Curriculum Guide.‖

3.   Foster a “culture of collaboration”
     among staff members to encourage and
     promote the implementation of a
     standards-based curriculum.
      Create an online database for each
        content area on the Neshaminy network.

      Establish curriculum newsletters to
       inform staff of new programs, goals,
       achievements and changes in various
       curricular areas.
      Encourage all Lead Teachers to
       investigate the formation and/or
       continuation of Japanese Lesson Study
       teams.
      Create a needs assessment to collect
       data to drive staff development and
       collaboration.
      Provide four ½ days (one per marking
       period) for curricular collaboration
       embedded in the school day.

4.   Establish scope and sequence
     Documents (i.e., Depth, Order and
     Pace) for ALL content areas.
      Establish a curriculum renewal cycle.
       Upon completion, make available on
       District website.
      Map the curriculum in each content area
       to illustrate what is taught at each grade
       level with a focus on coordination and
       integration of Technology and Literacy
       skills
      Acquire Rubicon Atlas or similar
       software for the purpose of curriculum
       mapping.




                                Responsible:
C        OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
                                                                        STRATEGY NUMBER: 2

                                                                           PLAN NUMBER: 1
                                                                          DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum and the
attained curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Establish, promote and maintain a standards-based curriculum for
ALL students.

                       COSTS                                                 BENEFITS
Tangible:                                              Tangible:

1. Curriculum, Assessment write and revision           1.   Enhance the quality of teaching and learning
   workshops/School Business Days
   1000 hours @ $24/hours               $24,000        2.   Promote the consistency of curriculum

2.   Initial start up cost of artwork, photography,    3.   Develop/redesign curriculum in all areas
     design, layout and printing of reference guides
                                               $8000   4.   Assist administration in teacher observation to
                                                            monitor adherence of consistent delivery of
3.   Print curriculum guides                                curricula

4.   Purchase Rubican Atlas or similar curriculum      5.   Provide necessary time for staff to review and
     mapping software.                     $20,000          update curricula

                                                       6.   Provide accessible curriculum reference guides to
                                                            all stakeholders

                                                       7.   Continuity of information for teachers in
                                                            secondary levels when preparing their lessons

                                                       8.   Encourages interdisciplinary cooperation to
                                                            teach kills K-12.

                                                       9.   Provides consistency in how skills are taught and
                                                            when they are taught.

Intangible:                                            Intangible:

1.   Increase work load on Curriculum Leadership       1.   Improve communication with community and
                                                            staff
2.   Increase workload for website developer
                                                       2.   Provide accessible, up to date curriculum guides
3.   Concerns about changes
                                                       3.   Reduce frustration level of teachers

                                                       4.   Improved communication with community and
                                                            staff

                                                       5.   Lessen frustration level of teachers

                                                       6.   Increased awareness of K-12 curriculum

                                                       7.   Encourage collaboration among staff. This would
                                                            allow staff to share lesson plans, activities, labs,
                                                            field trip ideas, and best practices.
8.   Improve communication across departments and
     across grade levels

9.   Students better prepared with literacy,
     technology, and problem solving skills
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                                                            STRATEGY NUMBER: 2

         CTION PLAN                                            PLAN NUMBER: 2
                                                              DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum and the
attained curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will design and implement a system to
gather, analyze, compile and distribute assessment data for the purpose of improving
curriculum, instruction and student achievement.

#      ACTION STEP (Number each one)             Assigned   Starting   Due      Completed
                                                    To:      Date:     Date:      Date:
1.   Establish a district wide assessment
     coordinator position

2.   Utilize the assessment coordinator to
     oversee the PSSA
              input of demographic
                information
              administration of tests
              data analysis

3.   Form an Assessment Analysis
     Committee (Ad Hoc) to review all
     district tests, procedures and timelines
     to ensure a more coherent and
     consistent K-12 alignment.
     a.) Consider eliminating the
         administration of the IOWA and
         COGAT assessments (K-6).
     b.) Create an alternate system for
         the identification of students for
         academic enrichment.

4.   Develop and administer quarterly
     formative assessments aligned to state
     standards in the four content specific
     areas (i.e.: RELA, math, science, social
     studies).
     a.) Administer District Writing
          Assessment (2x per year)
             i.) Provide professional
                 development for staff to
                 score using rubric
     b.) Develop a RELA assessment that
          is aligned to state standards.
               i.)Assessment should be
                  developed by reading
                  specialists and grade
                  level teams and formatted to
                align with standardized
                assessment.
     c.) Continue use of quarterly
         mathematical assessments at the
         elementary and secondary levels.
     d.) Design and implement quarterly
         performance assessments in
         science and social studies (K-12).

5.   Design and implement performance
     assessments in the specialist areas
     aligned to state standards (K-12).

6.   Provide common scoring time district
     wide.

7.   Explore and adopt a data management
     system that compiles, and provides
     stakeholder access to, assessment data
     of individual students, classes of
     students, grade level teams and
     district-wide populations.
     a.) Develop and utilize a PSSA Data
          Management System to track data on
          each student to support achievement of
          ―annual yearly progress.‖
     b.) Train appropriate staff to ensure
          accurate data entry.
     c.) Train teachers and
         administrators on data analysis
         techniques.
     d.) Implement an Electronic Elementary
     Report Card System

8.   Require building-level teams of
     teachers and administrators to develop
     annual, data-driven action plans
     aligned with district goals.
     a.) Adopt a ―value-added assessment
         system‖ to match individual
         progress data with achievement
         data to ensure equality of
         educational opportunity.


                                  Responsible
C      OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
                                                                     STRATEGY NUMBER: 2

                                                                        PLAN NUMBER: 2

                                                                       DATE: April 27, 2006


STRATEGY: We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum and the attained
curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Neshaminy School District will design and implement a system to gather,
analyze, compile and distribute assessment data for the purpose of improving curriculum,
instruction and student achievement.

                     COSTS                                               BENEFITS
Tangible:                                           Tangible:

1. Develop Appropriate Assessments       $13,000    1. Comprehensive, consistent assessments will give
    In-service & Trade Off Days                       educators the resource they need to confidently
    After School Workshops $24.00/Hr (600)            assess core skills in the areas of RELA,
                                                       Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, plan
2. Assessment Coordination Committee                   focused instruction, and document student’s
    After School Workshops $22.00/Hr(45)$ 1,000       progress.

3. Data Management/PAVAA Systems                    2. Time and Resources designated to support an
    Infrastructure Cost                  $30,000      Assessment Coordination Committee with a given
    Personnel Costs                      $67,000      timeline for completion will ensure accountability
                                                       and productivity.
4. Electronic Elementary Report Card         TBD
    Infrastructure Cost??                          3. A Data Management System/PVAAS will provide
                                                       statistical achievement data that reveals
                                                       academic growth over time. It will give feedback
                                                       to school leaders and teachers on student
                                                       achievement. In addition, valuable information
                                                       will be available to teams of teachers to inform
                                                       instructional decisions.

                                                    4. Electronic Elementary Report Cards offer easy-
                                                       access from various locations, and are easily
                                                       accessible to school administrators as well as
                                                       teachers.

Intangible:                                         Intangible:

   1. Additional Work Load on existing Curriculum   1. Consistency of assessments
      Leadership
                                                    2. All staff trained on use of assessments
   2. Instructional Time required administering
      the assessments.                              3. Collaborative Team Building

                                                    4. District-Wide Access for staff and leadership
                                                       teams to analyze student achievement.

                                                    5. Easy Access, decrease paperwork
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                                                                 STRATEGY NUMBER: 2
             CTION PLAN                                          PLAN NUMBER: 3
                                                                 DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum and the attained
curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Continue to provide a wide range of opportunities for students with varied
interests and special needs.

#       ACTION STEP (Number each one)             Assigned   Starting    Due       Completed
                                                     To:      Date:      Date:       Date:
1.   Implement the state standards for staffing
     and instruction of English Language
     Learners (ELL) throughout the district in
     grades K-12.


2.   Increase the capacity to serve special
     education students in regular education
     classes with supplemental aides and
     services, fulfilling the mandate of Least
     Restrictive Environment (LRE) under
     Individuals with Disabilities Education
     Improvement Act 2004 (IDEIA).


3.   Expand the elementary Academic
     Enrichment Program (AE) by
     increasing the responsibilities of the
     AE teachers to include team
     teaching and/or coaching.

4.   Explore the expansion of Business,
     Computer and Information Technology
     (BCIT), Family and Consumer Sciences
     (FCS), Technology Education, Environment
     Education, and World Language programs
     to earlier grades.


5    Create a Student Professional Education
     Program. The program will operate
     through educational partnerships with
     institutions of higher learning, medical
     facilities, and businesses to provide:
            career mentoring/shadowing;
            classroom presentations by the
             partner professional;
            sponsored group trips to the
             partner’s facility; and
            opportunities for simulated work
             experience.

6.     Explore transitional programs at the
                 elementary level.
7.   Explore possible sources of financial
     support within the Neshaminy business
     community.


8.   Inform parents/guardians of the curriculum
     opportunities available to students via the
     District Website and the Neshaminy
     Channel.




                             Responsible:
C
                                                            STRATEGY NUMBER: 2

                                                            PLAN NUMBER: 3
        OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
                                                            DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum
and the attained curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Continue to provide a wide range of opportunities for students
with varied interests and special needs.

                       COSTS                                                 BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                Tangible:

1. ELL Implementation -                   $100,000       1. Place the district in compliance with state
     Additional Staff needs (1.5)                          mandates concerning ELL requirements
     ELL materials
                                                         2. Improve the delivery and effectiveness of the ELL
2.   LRE Implementation -             $290,000              Program for our students
      Staff Development $24/Hr (400)
      Additional Support Staff (14)                     3. Places the district in compliance with state
                                                            mandates concerning LRE requirements
3. Expand the elementary Academic
   Enrichment Program (AE)                               4. Increases staff knowledge and sensitivity in
     Additional Staff (4)                $280,000          dealing with special needs students

4. Expansion of Special Areas to Earlier Grades          5. Increase the effectiveness and continuity of the
     Additional Staff needs?                               AE Program at the elementary level

5. Create a Student Profession Education                 6. Expansion of opportunities by exposing students
   Program                                                  to ―real world‖ experiences and professional
     Additional Staff needs?                               opportunities

                                                         7. Vehicle for positive publicity to community
                                                            members

                                                         8. Student employment opportunities from contact
                                                            with partnered professional

                                                         9. Expansion of student opportunity/exposure to
                                                            essential life skills increasing productivity,
                                                            proficiency and creative potentials
                                                     
Intangible:                                              Intangible:

1. Additional Work Load on existing District             1. Enhance the assimilation of special needs
   Leadership                                               students into district/community

2. Attitudes/Beliefs related to Change                   2. Provide emotional and academic support for
                                                            students and parents who are confronting a new
3. Stress on staff as they adapt to the                     cultural environment
   implementation of new regulations
                                                         3. Enrich the Neshaminy family by encompassing
                                                            culturally diverse students into our community

                                                         4. Reduce the isolation and alienation of special
                                                            needs student within the school setting
5. Promotes excitement about learning
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                                                               STRATEGY NUMBER: 2
         CTION PLAN                                            PLAN NUMBER: 4
                                                               DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum
and the attained curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: The District and each school will continue to achieve Annual
Yearly Progress (AYP) as defined by No Child Left Behind (NCLB).


#       ACTION STEP (Number each one)              Assigned   Starting   Due     Completed
                                                      To:      Date:     Date:     Date:
1.   Create a committee to coordinate various
     ―Improvement Plans‖
           NCLB District Improvement Plan,
           NCLB High School Improvement
            Plan,
           High School AFG Plan,
           Strategic Plan

     Provide all staff members and
2.
     administrators with a detailed analysis of
     student PSSA results in the areas linked to
     AYP as per the assessment coordinator.


     Establish time for staff members to review
3.   student PSSA results and to develop
     appropriate groupings.


     Provide additional time for staff to meet
4.
     within school grade levels to evaluate
     student progress toward PSSA proficiency
     and to develop appropriate modifications to
     instruction and groupings.


     Develop mandatory Reading and Math
5.   program to address the needs of
     academically at-risk (non-proficient)
     9th, 10th and 11th grade students.

     Develop mandatory Reading and Math
     proficiency courses for 12 grade
6.   students not achieving proficiency on
     the 11th grade PSSA .


     Restructure the 6th, 7th and 8th grade
     IOP period to provide additional
7.   Reading and Math instruction to
     academically at-risk students
     (non- proficient).

     Coordinate NSD and principal newsletters
     with scheduled programming on the NSD
     television in order to inform the community
8.    of elementary and secondary PSSA
      proficiency remediation programs.


      Develop a summer tutoring program in
      Reading and Math for 3rd, 4th and 5th
      grade academically at-risk students.

      Continue training for elementary PSSA
9.
      tutors, PSSA coaches, IOP teachers and
      administrators in the areas of Reading and
      Math PSSA eligible content.


10.




                                 Responsible:

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C       OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
                                                    STRATEGY NUMBER: 2

                                                    PLAN NUMBER: 4
                                                    DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum and the
attained curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: The District and each school will continue to achieve Annual
Yearly Progress (AYP) as defined by No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

                       COSTS                                           BENEFITS
Tangible:                                          Tangible:

1. High School Remediation Course $420,000         1. Increase community awareness about programs
       6 Teachers ($70,000)                          and activities.

2. Elementary Tutoring/Summer Program $30,000      2. Build support for and increases involvement in
   (10 teachers)                                      school district remediation programs.

3. Coaching Staff as needed to Facilitate Change   3. Provide coordination of district programs.

                                                   4. Improve access to information.
4. Staff time to Collaboratively discuss
   Student Achievement                             5. Assist all teachers in meeting the needs of
        Act 80 days                                  students.

                                                   6. Provide necessary time for staff to evaluate,
                                                      develop and implement curricular initiatives.

                                                   7. Increase the meaningfulness of test results.

                                                   8. Increase number of students scoring Proficient
                                                      and Above Proficient on PSSA.



Intangible:                                        Intangible:

1. Building Utilization                            1. Improve grade level teamwork.

2. Student Resistance to Study Hall/IOP Changes    2. Enhance community relations and trust.

3. Staff resistance to High-Stakes Testing

4. Support/Staff Development component to
   facilitate implementation
A          CTION PLAN
                                                                STRATEGY NUMBER: 2

                                                                  PLAN NUMBER: 5
                                                                 DATE: April 27, 2006


STRATEGY: We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum
and the attained curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Establish, promote and maintain a culture of continuous
professional learning for every employee who interacts with students in the district.

#        ACTION STEP (Number each one)               Assigned   Starting   Due     Completed
                                                        To:      Date:     Date:     Date:
1     Review the observation/evaluation system
      for all staff. (administrative, certified,
      support)

2     Formalize release time for every
      administrator to encourage attendance at
      professional development.
2a.       Formalize a procedure to ensure
           ―release days‖ for professional
           development for every administrator.
2b.       Expand Mentoring Program to
           include new Administrators.

3     Establish a formal professional
      development program for all certified staff
      on the use of technology and integration.

3a.       Support all new curriculum
           initiatives/units with technology.
3b.       Provide training and co-teaching
           opportunities for staff in technology
           integration.
3c.       Provide training for basic technology
           use.
3d.       Provide every staff member with an
           e-mail address

4.    Promote on-site professional development
      opportunities embedded in the normal day.
4a.       Provide a school-based staff developer
           to establish, coordinate and facilitate
           teacher learning teams.
4b.       Provide time within the school day to
           facilitate this process.

4c.       Provide one person with a modified
           schedule per building and a minimum
           of two/three at the High School

5     Design a multi-year New Teacher Induction
      Program
         Establish a joint NFT, teacher and
         administrative committee to revise the
         existing New Teacher Induction
         Program that includes:
          A multi-year program.
5a.       Continuous on-site peer support.
5b.       Extends the mentoring program for a
5c.         second year and
          Provides professional development in
5d.         current best instructional practices.

      Implement a formal program to foster a
6     positive climate that promotes
      communication and interaction among all
      staff.
          Establish a teacher, support staff and
6a.        administrative committee to explore
           possible district-wide programs.

      Establish a formalized consistent on-going
7     training program for Special Education
      Aides.
          Provide job embedded released time
7a.        for training.
          Design a formal program that
7b.        includes but is not limited to training
           in Special Education Law,
           Interpersonal Communication,
           Content/Standards/Data Information
           and professional responsibilities.
          Review the observation/evaluation
7c.        system for support staff.

      Establish a professional development
8     training program to assist in co-teaching
      strategy planning for regular and special
      education teachers.
          Review the present on-going
8a.        programs in surrounding districts.
          Gather input for all staff.
8b.       Design the program.
8c.       Train all staff involved.
8d.       Evaluate and revise based on staff
8e.        approval.




                                  Responsible:
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                                                  STRATEGY NUMBER: 2

         OST-BENEFIT ANALYSISPLAN NUMBER:                                 5
                                                  DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum and the
attained curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Establish, promote and maintain a culture of continuous
professional learning for every employee who interacts with students in the district.

                         COSTS                                     BENEFITS
Tangible:                                     Tangible:

  1.   $1200/year mentor                      1. Improved measurable administrative, teacher
                                                 and support staff performance.
  2.   $85/day per sub
                                              2. Stronger, more varied and integrated new teacher
  3.   $24/hour/workshop rate                    program.

  4.   Approximately $57,500/per person x     3. More integration of technology in the curriculum.
       15=$562,500
                                              4. Compliance with NCLB teacher and student
  5.   Cost of mentors and substitutes           requirements.

  6.   Workshop rate: $24/per hour/person

  7.   $65/day/per person

  8.   Use trade off and Act 80 Day




Intangible:                                   Intangible:

                                              1. Positive increase in school climate.

                                              2. Improved relationship with parents.

                                              3. Decrease stress level of new teachers.

                                              4. Collaborative team building.
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                                                                 STRATEGY NUMBER: 2
           CTION PLAN                                               PLAN NUMBER: 6

                                                                   DATE: April 27, 2006

STRATEGY: We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum and the
attained curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Explore the Development and Implementation of a Full-Day
Kindergarten (FDK) Program in every elementary building.

#        ACTION STEP (Number each one)                Assigned   Starting   Due     Completed
                                                         To:      Date:     Date:     Date:
1.    Generate and conduct a survey to determine
      community need and support for the FDK
      program.

2.    Investigate the impact of the FDK program
      on the current facility utilization.

3.    Investigate the academic advantages of a
      FDK program versus the existing half-day
      kindergarten program.

4.    Extend the instructional time in
      kindergarten to enhance and augment first-
      grade readiness, and to provide a solid
      foundation for student success and
      academic achievement in school.

5.    Design curricula in each of the eight ―Key
      Learning Areas‖ as outlined in the
      Pennsylvania’s Standards for Kindergarten
      (drafted in December 2005).

6.    Create a kindergarten program that
      maximizes the balance between academic
      requirements and appropriate
      developmental skills.

7.    Develop a teacher-friendly progress
      report/reporting document that provides an
      accurate representation of each child’s
      achievement to the parents/guardians.

8.    Identify and publicize two Kindergarten
      Registration dates – one in early Spring and
      one in Mid-Summer.

9.    Review various screening
      devices/procedures for kindergarten
      readiness.

10.   Determine the screening device/procedure
      to be used District-wide that offers the most
      relevant and accurate indications of
      readiness to enter kindergarten.

      Specify that a child not meeting the
11.   established criterion may be refused
      entrance for one school year.

12.   Maintain the current cut-off date for
      kindergarten entrance – age five by
      September 1.

13.   Create an Open House/Welcome Day
      procedure specifically for the kindergarten
      students and their parents.

14.   Schedule a District-wide date to conduct the
      Open House/Welcome Day.

15.   Adopt the same social studies, science,
      mathematics, and language arts texts for
      FDK that are used in the other elementary
      grades.

16.   Continue to co-ordinate services with
      preschools in the area.

                                  Responsible:
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                                                         STRATEGY NUMBER: 2




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                                                         PLAN NUMBER: 6
        OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
                           DATE: April 27, 2006


STRATEGY: We will align the intended curriculum, the implemented curriculum and the
attained curriculum for all students to meet the highest educational standards

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Explore the Development and Implementation of a Full-Day
Kindergarten (FDK) Program in every elementary building.

                      COSTS                                                BENEFITS
Tangible:                                             Tangible:

1. Staffing needs (10 teachers)       $700,000        1. Creating an instructional learning environment
                                                         designed for the kindergarten student
2. Initial startup of program         $100,000
                                                      2. Early development to set the stage for K-12
                                                         learning success.

                                                      3. Higher academic achievement (reading
                                                         achievement gains)

                                                      4. Reduced retentions, reduced learning support
                                                         referrals

                                                      5. Less children with separation anxiety

                                                      6. More comprehensive curriculum can be
                                                         implemented

                                                      7. Reduction in transportation costs

                                                             Reduced maintenance costs on buses (AM/PM
                                                             bus runs)

                                                            Savings on fuel

                                                            Savings in staff salary and benefits $180,000

Intangible:                                           Intangible:

1. Increased social development to provide a smooth   1. Overwhelming parental support for a full-day
   transition to first grade                             program

2. Resistance to change                               2. Improved socialization skills

                                                      3. Increased school readiness (students less likely to
                                                         be shy, dependent and withdrawn)
A            CTION PLAN
                                                                 STRATEGY NUMBER: 3

                                                                   PLAN NUMBER: 1
                                                                   DATE: April 3, 2006

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Incorporate a curricular component into the In-School Suspension
Programs

#    ACTION STEP (Number each one)                    Assigned   Starting   Due      Completed
                                                         To:      Date:     Date:      Date:
1.   A committee of administrative and certified
     staff will create a curriculum to be used in
     all the in-school suspension rooms such as
     that employed in the Alternative to
     Suspension [ATS] program at the Tawanka
     Learning Center.

2.   A trained certified staff member will
     implement the strategies during at least
     one period of the student’s in-school
     suspension.

3.   The selected strategies will enhance
     behavioral change and emphasize student
     responsibility through:

             Identification of the problem
             Examination of the effect of student
              behavior on others
             A reflective writing component
             Identification of personal
              accountability
             Reconciliation practices to
              acknowledge behavior


4.   All administrative staff will receive staff
     development training in the behavioral
     curriculum program.

5.   All certified staff and all support staff will
     be offered staff development training in the
     behavioral curriculum program created.


6.   Administrative and certified staff in each
     building will review discipline procedures
     and incorporate the behavioral curriculum
     program into each building’s discipline code.

7.   The district will offer information and
     training to parents regarding the behavioral
     curriculum program created by the staff
     using multiple sources
   District newsletter
   Neshaminy cable station
   Neshaminy web page


                      Responsible:
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C       OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
                                                                      STRATEGY NUMBER: 3

                                                                      PLAN NUMBER: 1
                                                                      DATE: April 4, 2001

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.

SPECIFIC RESULT: Incorporate a curricular component into the In-School Suspension
Programs


                      COSTS                                                 BENEFITS
Tangible:                                              Tangible:

   1. Staff development training for the certified         1. Climate changing Professional development
      staff who will be implementing the program:             for certified and support staff.
    5 Group Facilitator trainings $850 / person is
      $4250                                                2. Reduced transportation cost for access to
    Restorative Practices training $1500 (up to              Alternative to Suspension experience:
      45 staff)                                               approximately $

   2. Release time for the certified staff member          3. Directed program to affect behavior change in
      assigned to implement the program,                      students.
      approximately $10,000 for 0.2 certified staff
      salary.                                              4. Reduction in numbers of suspensions and
                                                              improved student behavior overall.
   3. Program materials of approximately $200 per
      building: $1000 total.                               5. Improved staff skills for handling behavior
                                                              management issues.
   4. Two substitute days for staff development for
      10 support staff who cover the In-school
      Suspension rooms: approximately $900.

   5. Total estimated cost: $17,650

Intangible:                                            Intangible:

   1. Time needed to restructure the discipline            1. Improved student decision-making skills
      procedures.                                             demonstrated.

                                                           2. Improved school climate using a ―Restorative‖
                                                              model versus a punitive model.

                                                           3. Improved public relations with parents and
                                                              community.

                                                           4. Improved academic performance through
                                                              increase in student access to instructional
                                                              time.


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A          TION PLAN                                            STRATEGY NUMBER: 3

                                                                  PLAN NUMBER: 2
                                                                 DATE: April 25, 2006

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Define and create a sanctuary model for supporting students’
social, emotional and behavioral needs in grades K to 12.

#        ACTION STEP (Number each one)               Assigned   Starting   Due     Completed
                                                        To:      Date:     Date:     Date:
1.    Design staff development training for all
      certified and support staff to create a
      student friendly environment utilizing the
      Sanctuary Model K-12.

2.    Build classroom meeting time, at least
      weekly, into each student’s schedule K thru
      12.

3.    Review and assess the discipline policies
      and procedures K thru 12 to include a more
      positive approach to discipline adapting
      models (e.g. Safe and Civil School,
      Restorative Practices, Responsive
      Classroom).

4.    Create and staff a ―Sanctuary Room‖ at the
      high school. Add additional counseling
      support.

5.    Review the professional counseling staffing
      needs to effectively support the Sanctuary
      Model K thru 12.

6.    Implement training of student ―peer
      navigators‖ to assist classmates in
      accessing appropriate adult counseling
      support.

7.    Explore a research based mental health
      screening model to identify students at risk
      for suicidal behavior.

8.    Include curriculum and age appropriate
      program additions that address resiliency
      education K-5 and suicide prevention
      education 6-12.

9.    Conduct annual assemblies that emphasize
      resiliency and life affirming concepts.

10.   Establish a focus group to monitor and
      evaluate the effectiveness of the Sanctuary
      Model.
Responsible:
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                                                                       STRATEGY NUMBER: 3

                                                                       PLAN NUMBER: 2
                                                                       DATE: April 18, 2006

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.

SPECIFIC RESULT: Define and create a sanctuary model for supporting students’ social,
emotional and behavioral needs in grades K to 12.

                       COSTS                                                  BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                Tangible:

  1.   Sanctuary Room:                                     1.   ―Same day‖ crisis service for students
        Staffing:
            Consultant for mental health support          2.   Clinical consultation       and   triage   capacity
              approximately $75,000 annually.                   available to staff.
            Add .5 counselor to high school, salary
              only (this is to expand an existing .5       3.   A respite area for students under personal
              counselor to a 1.0).                              duress.
            Initial outlay for furnishing room:
              $3000                                        4.   Bridging support for students who don’t have
            Annual budget of approximately                     ready access to community mental health
              $2500                                             services.

  2.   Staff Development for the following;
        Sanctuary model
             Speaker $10,000
             Workshop time $4700 (200 hours @
               $23.50)
        Classroom meeting
             Training: 1 sub day for 5 staff
               members in each secondary building
               (25 sub days x $85= 2125.00)
        Peer Navigators
             Training: Utilize building Act 80 day
               to train staff on the model. No cost.

  3.   Assemblies, i.e., motivational speakers, peace
       center personnel, etc. No cost at this time due
       to grants and supportive community.

Intangible:                                              Intangible:

  1.   Use available building space                        1.   Some reduction in need to referrals for
                                                                evaluation
  2.   Increase of referrals based on mental issues.
                                                           2.   Positive public relations
  3.   Added staff stress.
                                                           3.   Higher self-esteem
  4.   Investment of time
                                                           4.   Increased motivation
  5.   Increase anxiety
                                                           5.   Personal growth and stability of students.
  6.   Adding additional responsibility
                                                           6.   Possible reduction in referrals to alternative
                                                                school
7.   Improved sense of support for staff knowing
     they collegial support in crisis situations.

8.   Create a positive school community.
A         CTION PLAN                                           STRATEGY NUMBER: 3

                                                                  PLAN NUMBER: 3
                                                                 DATE: April 18, 2006

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Increase parent/guardian involvement in educational programs
offered by the Neshaminy School District and the community.

#    ACTION STEP (Number each one)                 Assigned   Starting    Due     Completed
                                                      To:      Date:      Date:     Date:
1.   Develop a Community Education/Parent-
     Guardian Advisory committee, to identify
     parents’ perspective on current and future
     needs for programs (consider using existing
     PTO forum).

2.   The committee will review existing
     district/community programs designed to
     meet the needs of parents/guardians.

3.   The committee will identify gaps in
     parental program offerings, addressing the
     issue of participation/attendance.

4.   Establish a continuum of services/trainings
     to meet the identified needs and implement
     in ways that will increase involvement on
     all levels.

5.   Communicate offerings through district,
     community and township newsletters,
     television channels and internet sites.

6.   Provide staff development credit
     opportunities to all district staff for
     attendance at community programs as well
     as programs offered by the school district.

7.   Encourage support services, to enhance
     parent/guardian attendance at programs.
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                                                                      STRATEGY NUMBER: 3

                                                                      PLAN NUMBER: 3

                                                                      DATE: April 18, 2006

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.


SPECIFIC RESULT: Increase parent/guardian involvement in educational programs
offered by the Neshaminy School District the community.

                      COSTS                                                BENEFITS
Tangible:                                               Tangible:

   1. Operating budget for postage, stationary and         1. Systematic review and coordination of
      reproduction: approximately $500.                       available programs.

   2. Babysitting materials: approximately $250.           2. Better community and school
                                                              communications.
   3. Speaker honorariums: approximately $1000.
                                                           3. Improved parent access to needed services
   4. Staff coordinator consistent with co-curricular         and information.
      pay: approximately $1500.

   5. Total cost estimate: $3250.




Intangible:                                             Intangible:

   1. Need to use school facilities.                       1. Improved public relations.

                                                           2. Improved problem awareness.

                                                           3. Improved school and community climate.

                                                           4. Improved family climate and communication.



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A         CTION PLAN                                          STRATEGY NUMBER: 3

                                                              PLAN NUMBER: 4
                                                              DATE: April 18, 2006

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Explore the current program offerings at the Tawanka Learning
Center to diminish the number of students currently being sent to private alternate
placements.

#       ACTION STEP (Number each one)                 Assigned         Starting         Due          Completed
                                                         To:            Date:           Date:          Date:
1.   Define and assemble a committee of
     stakeholders for the utilization of the
     Tawanka Learning Center [TLC].

2.   Evaluate the needs of students currently
     placed in private alternative programs
     including necessary adjunct services.

     Direct the committee to assess the current
3.   programs and services available at TLC.

     Empower the committee to make
     recommendations for adjustment to the
4.   current programs and services at the
     Tawanka Learning Center to meet the
     needs of additional students.




                                    Responsible:

                                                   (Shaded areas for administrative use in implementation phase)
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                                                                        STRATEGY NUMBER: 3
           OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS                                         PLAN NUMBER: 4
                                                                        DATE: April 18, 2006

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that supports the
diverse needs of every student.


SPECIFIC RESULT: Explore the current program offerings at the Tawanka Learning Center to
diminish the number of students currently being sent to private alternate placements.

                         COSTS                                                 BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                 Tangible:

  1.     Time necessary for:                                1.   Reduced costs for students being sent to
          Committee meetings $1175 (23.5 x 50                   private Alternative schools:
            hours)                                                Tuition
          Audit the records of students in current               Transportation
            placements (other than TLC) to evaluate
            student needs                                   2.   Consistent application of educational
          Visits to outside placements currently                interventions secondary to keeping the
            being used $850 (10 subs x $85)                      students in the school district with access to
          Evaluation of the program at Tawanka                  same social workers and psychologists.
            Learning Center
                                                            3.   Decreased student anxiety by avoiding
                                                                 exposure to students in multiple districts.




Intangible:                                               Intangible:

                                                            1.   Better public relations as parents see that
                                                                 their child has access to services within their
                                                                 own school district.

                                                            2.   Better coordination as parents educational
                                                                 programs to address their child’s needs.


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                                                            STRATEGY NUMBER: 3

         CTION PLAN                                         PLAN NUMBER: 5

                                                            DATE: April 18, 2006


STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Provide effective programming and staff development to promote
respect for the diversity of all students.

        ACTION STEP (Number each one)                  Assigned   Starting   Due     Completed
#                                                         To:      Date:     Date:     Date:
1.   Educate staff, students and parents on the
     topics of diversity, including information on
     multiple intelligences and the various
     learning styles.

2.   Provide students with a self-assessment
     tool to enable them to understand their
     unique intelligences. Teach pupils how to
     build on their strengths and to minimize
     their weaknesses.

3.   Incorporate School-to-Career activities to
     help pupils understand the numerous
     careers available to them and to learn how
     their ―intelligences‖ match various careers.

     Institute a ―Diversity Day/Month‖ that
4.   enables students to showcase their unique
     talents and backgrounds.

     Integrate program concepts and a common
5.   language into daily educational tasks.

     Form a district level committee to oversee
     (1-5) above, to assess progress and to
6.   recommend changes.

     Report progress to all stakeholders by way
     of multiple sources (i.e. district newsletters,
7.   building newsletters, Neshaminy website,
     Neshaminy TV, PTO meetings and Forums,
     local newspapers, etc.).
C      OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
                                                                   STRATEGY NUMBER: 3

                                                                   PLAN NUMBER: 5
                                                                   DATE: April 18, 2006

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.

SPECIFIC RESULT: Provide effective programming and staff development to promote
respect for the diversity of all students.

                        COSTS                                              BENEFITS
Tangible:                                              Tangible:

  1.   Purchase of materials, including a self-         1.   Fewer discipline referrals
       assessment tool, Multiple Intelligences – The
       Complete MI Book by Dr. Spencer Kagan and        2.   Higher attendance rates
       Miguel Kagan
        $39 x 14 buildings = *$546                     3.   Greater community involvement

  2.   Workshop rate time to plan:                      4.   Increased standardized test scores
        School-to-Career activities
        (speakers can be obtained on a volunteer
         basis)
        Diversity Day/Month
        Staff Development for parents, students
         and staff on diversity (including multiple
         intelligences and the various learning
         styles) [This training can be delivered on
         school days and Act 80 days to minimize
         costs]

  2.   Personnel:
        District-Level Team
            1 Representative per school (14
              schools)
            1 meeting per marking period at
              workshop rate
            14 staff @ 4 days @ $23.50 =
                      *$1,316
        Building-Level Team
            3 Building Members per school (14
              schools)       (First Year) 1 meeting
              per month at workshop rate (meetings
              will most likely lessen in subsequent
              years)
            42 staff @ 10 days @ $23.50 =
              *$9,870
        Speaker Honorariums
            Approximately *$1,000


TOTAL COSTS: $12,732

*It is possible that some of these costs could be
defrayed using grant funds.
Intangible:                                               Intangible:

  1.     Increased workload for committee members           1.   Knowledge

                                                            2.   Higher self-esteem

                                                            3.   Better school climate (cooperation and
                                                                 acceptance of diversity)

                                                            4.   Pupils who are better prepared for the work
                                                                 place and society

                                                            5.   Pupil awareness of skills/talents and related
                                                                 careers (better sense of direction for their
                                                                 futures)


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A         CTION PLAN
                                                     STRATEGY NUMBER: 3

                                                     PLAN NUMBER: 6
                                                     DATE: April 18, 2006

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Increase school wide interventions to address emotional,
behavioral, social and academic concerns in grades K to 12.



        ACTION STEP (Number each one)                   Assigned        Starting          Due         Completed
#                                                          To:           Date:            Date:         Date:
1.   Analyze existing data regarding student
     needs in the areas of emotional, behavioral,
     social and academic concerns. For example:
     known research, governmental data
     resources and internal data resources.

2.   Identify and review current strategies and
     resources in the areas stated above.

3.   Utilize the information gathered in steps #1
     and #2 to identify gaps in strategies and
     resources to address emotional, behavioral,
     social and academic concerns.

4.   Identify available strategies and resources
     to address these gaps (to include community
     and technological resources).

5.   Select and implement intervention
     strategies which will include staff
     development, parent collaboration and
     training, available financial resources, etc.




                                    Responsible:

                                                       (Shaded areas for administrative use in implementation phase)
C          OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS
                                                                      STRATEGY NUMBER: 3

                                                                      PLAN NUMBER: 6
                                                                      DATE: April 18, 2006

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.

SPECIFIC RESULT: Increase school wide interventions to address emotional,
behavioral, social and academic concerns in grades K to 12.

                        COSTS                                                  BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                 Tangible:

  1.   Use of workshop rate (23.50) to:                     1.   Greater awareness of gaps in students services

           Staff development for teachers to review        2.   Development of building level response
           the continuum of intervention response                continuum with increase pre-referral
           options, implementation techniques and                intervention options for students
           progress monitoring strategies—70 sub
           days (35 days in the beginning of the school     3.   Improved attendance rates
           year and 35 days at the end of the school
           year)                                            4.   Improved PSSA scores and other standardized
                                                                 test rankings
           Consultants to support the identification
           and development of new intervention              5.   Community linkages
           strategies $3000.00
                                                            6.   Fewer discipline referrals

                                                            7.   Reduced number of referrals for MDE testing

                                                            8.   Reduced retentions, failures and drop-out rate

                                                            9.   Reallocation of staff time to improve personal
                                                                 efficacy



Intangible:                                               Intangible:

  1.   Counselor and Psychologist workload will             1.   Increased student and teacher knowledge
       increase based on the need to analyze the data
       and to develop specific intervention strategies/     2.   Increased student and teacher self-esteem
       evaluation procedures/ progress monitoring.
                                                            3.   Improved school climate
  2.   Supervisor of Pupil Services and the Director
       of Student Assistance will have an increased         4.   Home/school collaboration
       workload to coordinate the pre-referral
       program.

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                                                                     STRATEGY NUMBER: 3
          CTION PLAN                                                 PLAN NUMBER: 7
                                                                     DATE: April 18, 2006

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.

SPECIFIC RESULTS: Implement a comprehensive prevention program that teaches
skills that support social and emotional development allowing for resiliency in grades K
to 12.

        ACTION STEP (Number each one)                Assigned         Starting          Due         Completed
#                                                       To:            Date:            Date:         Date:
1.   Empower the district’s Health and Safety
     Committee to review, further develop, and
     plan for implementation of the elementary
     prevention curriculum framework, based on
     state standards, into all Neshaminy schools
     K-12.

2.   All elementary staff will continue to be
     trained and encouraged to use our present
     prevention curriculum framework that
     integrates Responsive Classroom, Second
     Step and HLAY.

3.   Incorporate research-based strategies to
     promote resilience at the secondary level
     (e.g. develop social competence, critical
     consciousness, autonomy and a sense of
     purpose)

4.   Offer training to certified and support staff
     in the secondary schools to build upon the
     elementary framework.

5.   Assure all schools are equipped with the
     necessary materials to implement
     curriculum.

6.   Institute a K-12 Service Learning Program
     in order to afford students the opportunity
     to build their social and emotional skills
     while assisting their community.

7.   Provide information about programs to
     parents/guardian.




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                                                                      STRATEGY NUMBER: 3
           OST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS                                       PLAN NUMBER: 7
                                                                      DATE: April 18, 2006

STRATEGY: We will provide and maintain a positive and proactive community that
supports the diverse needs of every student.

SPECIFIC RESULT: Implement a comprehensive prevention program that teaches skills
that support social and emotional development allowing for resiliency in grades K to 12.

                         COSTS                                                 BENEFITS
Tangible:                                                 Tangible:

  1.     Health and safety committee to be paid             1.   Increased academic learning
         workshop rate at $23.50 (possible monthly
         meetings) $1410 (60 hours)                         2.   Positive school climate (feel connected to
                                                                 school)
  2.     Staff development training in the elementary
         will continue through Act 80 days and faculty      3.   Increase positive behavior
         meetings. No additional cost.
                                                            4.   Improve integration of prevention programs
  3.     Secondary staff training to be done during Act
         80 days to minimize cost, summer exchange
         days and some after school workshops.
         Workshop pay at $23.50 for those who did not
         receive training (to be determined by
         committee) approximate cost $470 (20 hours).

  4.     Materials will be maintained at current cost.




Intangible:                                               Intangible:

  1.     Stress of new training and procedures              1.   Increased learning investment and
                                                                 independence

                                                            2.   Increased social skills

                                                            3.   Build a climate of acceptance and cooperation.




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