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Welcome back for another terrific school year in the Yankton School District!  We are looking forward to a very busy and successful 2019-20 year. I want to thank our students, parents, grand-parents, staff members, retired folks, and our community for your outstanding support. 

 

Please take the time to review the various elements contained within the YSD Newsletter. You will find a great deal of information regarding our schools, such as school supply lists, important telephone numbers, registration dates, and pertinent information regarding the school food service program, as well as school activities. 

 

Students learn best when educators develop meaningful partnerships and relationships with students, parents, and the community.  We encourage and value your input as parents and patrons of the Yankton School District.  We believe in working together for the benefit of our children, families, and community.

 

We are very proud of our students, community, and our outstanding school system.  The education and safety of our students is very important.  We will continue to work very hard to make sure we provide a top-notch education and safe learning environment for our students, as well as staff.

 

Funding continues to challenge schools across our state, including the Yankton School District.  Discussions and meetings will take place this year regarding an “Opt Out” for the Yankton School District.  More detailed information will be provided to the public. 

You are encouraged and welcome to become involved throughout this very important process. 

 

Forward 2024 Strategic Plan

 

In October and November 2018, over 1,000 members of the Yankton Community (including parents, patrons, students, support staff, and teachers) participated in an online survey.  

The participants shared their thoughts regarding the Forward 2024 focus areas:  Facilities, Funding, Mental Well-being, School Safety, and Student Achievement along with questions focused on communication, school environment, quality of education, and school support within the Yankton School District.

In November 2018, over 65 members of the community attended Collaborative Strategic Planning Session 1. During this session, the following information was presented: 2014-2019 Strategic Plan goals and accomplishments, statistical data regarding the Forward 2024 focus areas, and the online survey results. In addition, the participants identified strengths, challenges, and needs-to-be-addressed in Forward 2024 to continue to achieve the Mission and Belief Statements of the Yankton School District.

In December 2018, about 40 members of the community gathered for a second collaborative session to categorize the needs identified during the first session. Each group then prioritized the categorized list of needs. The session concluded with visioning statements for the Yankton School District upon the completion of Forward 2024.

In January 2019, the Yankton School District Administrators met to develop focus area goals using the visioning statements written at the second collaborative session meeting. Also, Steering Committee groups were formed for each of the five focus areas. Steering Committee members included administrators, teachers, parents and community members, and a school board member.

The Steering Committees met throughout February and March to develop a 5 year action plan to carry out the focus area goal. Committee members collaboratively wrote objectives and action items with target dates to ensure progress and implementation.

The Forward 2024 Strategic Plan was presented to the community at an informational meeting on April 3, 2019.  On April 8, 2019 the Forward 2024 Strategic Plan was discussed and public input sought at the School Board Meeting.

Final approval of the Forward 2024 Strategic Plan took place at the May 13, 2019 School Board Meeting.  Thank you for the input and participation in this very important process.

 

The Forward 2024 Strategic Plan may be found at the YSD Website under the Recent News link:  https://www.ysd.k12.sd.us/

 

Forward 2024 Strategic Plan – Focus Areas

 

Facilities

VISIONING STATEMENT:

In its five year vision, the Yankton School District has implemented a comprehensive plan for an early childhood facility and building configuration.

 

GOAL:

To implement a comprehensive plan for an early childhood facility and building configuration.

 

OBJECTIVES:

  • Development and construction of a new early childhood facility and a recommendation for grade-level or neighborhood buildings.

Funding

VISIONING STATEMENT:

In its five-year vision, the Yankton School District is continuing to secure ongoing local and state funding for 21st century learning needs, highly-qualified staff, new facilities, and a sustainable employee insurance benefit.

 

GOAL:  

To secure ongoing local and state funding for 21st century learning needs, highly-qualified staff, new facilities, and a sustainable employee insurance benefit.

 

OBJECTIVES:

  • Secure additional local funding through the passing of a successful Opt Out for the Yankton School District.  
  • Provide a sustainable Health Care Plan and Self Insurance Fund for the Yankton School District.
  • Issue Capital Outlay Certificates for construction of a new early childhood facility.

Mental Well-Being

VISIONING STATEMENT:

In its five-year vision, the Yankton School District is providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment to support mental well-being.

 

GOAL:  To provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment to support mental well-being.

 

OBJECTIVES:

  • Identify mental wellness needs of students in the Yankton School District at all grade levels.  
  • Provide professional development and staff training so that students are provided skills to develop a healthy, whole person.  

School Safety

VISIONING STATEMENT:

In its five-year vision, the Yankton School District is continuing to provide safe, secure, and updated environments.

 

GOAL:  

To provide safe, secure, and updated environments.  

 

OBJECTIVES:  

  • Review existing school resource officer program.
  • Provide parents information on student safety.
  • Provide staff training and practice implementing safety plans.

Student Achievement 

VISIONING STATEMENT:

In its five-year vision, the Yankton School District is implementing programming to meet diverse student learning needs and continuing to rank among the highest in South Dakota for academic achievement.

 

GOAL:  

To enhance programming that meets diverse student learning needs and continue to rank among the highest in South Dakota for academic achievement.         

OBJECTIVES:

  • Use progressive programming that provides resources to support educators, students, and parents in our community while showing growth for all students at their achievement levels.
  • Use 21st century skills to expand curriculum and cultivate engagement for student success.

 

Presentations

 

As Superintendent, I would be happy to visit with you personally or speak to your group/organization.  I am also willing to host your group at our Administration Building or one of our school buildings.  I would also come to your facility or meeting place.

Please feel free to contact me at 665-3998 to arrange a time to visit.  I can also be contacted using my email at wkindle@ysd.k12.sd.us

 

 

Henry Ford stated, “Coming together is a beginning.  Staying together is a process.  Working together is a success.”  


Dr. Wayne A. Kindle
Superintendent of Schools
wkindle@ysd.k12.sd.us
2410 West City Limits Road
Phone: 605-665-3998
Fax: 605-665-1422