Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 8/11/2022 - 5:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 1. Action on Resolution 2223R-005, by Director Herndon, and on a Request to Approve the Designation of River Trail Elementary School as a Specialty School Focused on Agricultural Sciences
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 5.02 - Use of School Facilities
Attachments 2223R-005 Resolution - River Trail
File Attachment:
2223R-005 Herndon - Designate River Trail as a School of Agriculture - Revised.pdf
Background: The Administration is seeking approval for River Trail Elementary School to be a specialty school focused on Agricultural Sciences. As a K-8 agriculture school, this change will create a school to school feeder program with Vincent High School, an Agriculture Sciences focused high school. River Trail staff and families are unanimously in favor of replicating this program at the elementary level.
An agriculture designation will positively overlap with the school’s “Grow Green” Campaign for the 2022-2023 school year. This initiative allows River Trail students to learn more about agricultural science; training them to become tomorrow’s scientists, nutritionists, entrepreneurs, teachers, and employers in the fields of Food Production, Business, and Marketing. With a combination of classroom instruction and applied agriculture experiences outside of the classroom, this initiative will build the foundation for future educated consumers and agriculturists. The “Grow Green” program will consist of River Trail’s continuation to improve and expand our five “A’s” for success: Academics, Arts, Athletics, Attendance, and the Agriculture.
Fiscal Impact Statement:
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon Board approval, the administration will begin marketing and branding, the new agriculture specialty school. The administration will also explore the related pathways for agriculture sciences at the elementary level.
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board approve the Resolution along with funding for a 1.0 FTE agriculture teacher and that the transportation region be designated as citywide with an update on resolution implementation to be brought to the Board by December 2022.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Katrice Cotton, Ed.D. - Chief School Administration Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent