10-Year Plan to drastically change MHS academia

Janie Simonton | Staff Writer

The 10-Year Plan is exactly what it proclaims to be: a plan of action Mason City Schools will attempt to follow in order to progress over the next 10 years.

In the words of Superintendent Kevin Bright, the plan is “a vision for student achievement, spending, technology and communication.”

According to a letter written to Mason residents by Bright, district treasurer Richard Gardner and Board of Education President Debbie Delp, “over the next 10 years, [Mason City Schools] will continue to provide [its] students with an education that encompasses a challenging curriculum, multiple extracurricular activities, related support services and up-to-date facilities and technology, while limiting [its] expenditures.”

In the same letter, the aforementioned sources said that they “pledge[d] to work with [residents] to ensure that [the] schools strengthen [the] community and that [the] students are ready for success in college, in their careers and beyond.”

According to Bright, the plan seeks excellence.

“The expected effect [of the plan] will be that future levy requests will be manageable, and student achievement will remain excellent and even be augmented,” Bright said.

Bright said he acknowledges, however, that things may change, and the plan will be flexible.

“[The district] will follow [the plan] completely, but as events change things, [the district] will modify the plan accordingly,” Bright said.

This plan will be carried out with, according to the 2009-2010 Annual Report, “a one percent decrease in state aid” in the Fiscal Year 2010, with an expected two percent decrease in Fiscal Year 2011, and it is expected “that Mason will not see any increases and may well face decreases in state revenue over the next 10 years.”

In the assisting graphic are statistics comparing a current average MHS student to a projected average MHS student 10 years from now. Statistics have been provided by Assistant Superintendent Amy Spicher, MHS guidance counselors Lindsay Kearns and Marty Zack, MHS assistant principal Antonio Shelton, MHS 2010-2011 Student Activities Booklet, MHS Student Activities Director Lorri Fox-Allen and Mason City Schools’ Public Information Officer Tracey Carson, and by performing calculations on current statistics based on goals outlined in the 2009-2010 Annual Report.