Gallon: Plan Will Create "Dashboard"
Gallon is also consolidating administrative staff at 1200 Myrtle Avenue, the former Jefferson School, vacating the historic building at 504 Madison Avenue. He has launched a shift to a K-8 grade configuration at two schools and reassigned principals. Last week he held a retreat with administrators to develop a strategic plan for the district.
But even though he has a four-year contract to lead the district, Gallon said Tuesday it’s not about him. Gallon said he is aiming to create a “dashboard” for the district “regardless of who is in this seat.”
At next month’s meeting, he said, he will provide a comprehensive update “with metrics.” Gallon’s watchwords for change are that it must be “tangible and measurable.”
About 60 people attended Gallon’s first business meeting Tuesday at Washington Community School. Only five people had questions, though some were extensive. Gallon answered all, although resident Laura Shoemaker was not satisfied. Among her questions, she asked when job descriptions would be released for the new titles and Gallon said that had been done in March. He also said a use would be found for the building at 504 Madison Avenue.Gallon assured Alma Cruz that a program for teen mothers and other students at risk would continue with qualified leadership. In answer to teacher Molly Banta’s question about vice principal vacancies for Social Studies and English content areas, Gallon said they will be filled.
In naming his five goals for the district, Gallon called “learning outcomes” the core mission. Meeting state measures for student performance has remained one of the district’s prime challenges. Gallon also listed Human Resources, business practices, a safe learning environment and community and family engagement as key areas for improvement.
His aim for students is to become “the best human beings they can possibly be,” he said.
“As we move forward, our product will be second to none,” Gallon said.