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Strategic Plan: Goal III: Engaged Parents and Community
Objective II:
Create and Embrace Meaningful Partnerships
 Community partnerships not only provide resources and support to our schools and assist with achieving their educational mission, but they also match community assets and resources with a valuable and worthy community institution: the school.  If we are to achieve our ambitious instructional agenda, the Knox County Schools must continue to embrace and foster partnerships with community agencies, government entities, parent associations, service providers, non-profits and interested community members.   

                                                                   STRATEGIC INITIATIVES                                                               

Restructure the Great Schools Partnership as a Local Education Fund
The Great Schools Partnership will be restructured as a Local Education Fund (LEF) which will both support and challenge the Knox County Schools regarding educational improvement efforts.  This restructuring will include the transition from the exclusive use of public funds, to a public/private mix of funding as the GSP becomes a somewhat more independent education reform partner.   Under the direction of the Great Schools Partnership Trustees and the Superintendent, an Executive Director will oversee all operations of the LEF, including fundraising.
 
Build Family Capacity Using Social Service Partnerships 
The Knox County schools will partner with community and governmental organizations to leverage non-academic supports and resources to ensure students are physically and emotionally healthy enough to learn and parents are healthy enough to help facilitate learning.  The KCS will achieve this by evaluating current services that best meet the foundational needs of families and seek family insight into their needs.  This will include an examination and possible expansion of the current Full Service Schools partnership, as well as an analysis of the community schools concept.  Facilitating or brokering services that meet basic needs will help us achieve district, school, and student achievement and attendance goals.
 
Coordinate Focused District Partnerships 
Coordinating and developing vibrant focused partnerships is a responsibility shared by administrators throughout the Knox County Schools.  The Partners in Education program serves as a focal point for the coordination, development and nurturing of partnerships.  The PIE and the Office of Business partnerships will work with system and school administrators to develop partnerships that are targeted to support student academic and physical support needs.  These partnerships will have goals to which all the partners subscribe.

Many agencies and non-profit organizations in the Knox County area are willing to provide a variety of resources which will help improve student achievement.  Together, the community and the Knox County Schools must coordinate its partnerships and provide direction to achieve the maximum return on each investment in our schools.  The Knox County Schools will develop a structure using the Partners In Education, Coordinated School Health, and Family Engagement assets to leverage community assets and institutionalize a process that will develop formal partnerships to meet both the curricular and physical needs of students across the district.  New partnerships will be explored to fill district needs and all district partnerships will have measurable and achievable goals.

The KCS will seek to reinstitute the Principal for a Day Program.  A broad range of community and business leaders as well as other key members of local businesses and organizations will participate in a one day experience with a principal.  The culmination of the event will be a joint discussion of insights and concerns identified during the experience. 
 
•    Work Collaboratively with the Higher Education Community
 
Partnerships with Higher Education are especially critical to the development of high quality professionals and to prepare students for post-secondary opportunities.  Faculty exchanges, pre-service teacher preparation, leadership development programs, analytical research projects, and dual enrollment participation are excellent examples of both.
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