Baltimore County schools get updated 'vision'

March 11, 1994|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore County School Superintendent Stuart Berger yesterday praised the changes his administration has made as the school system works its way through its plan for the year 2000.

"That change is not random. It comes from a strategic plan. This is the strategic plan," he said as the school system unveiled its official progress report before a crowd of 300 at Martin's West.

The report and a 20-minute video produced by school department personnel represent an update to "Great Expectations for 2000: Shaping the Vision," a blueprint for school reform put together in 1989 under former Superintendent Robert Y. Dubel.

That plan made 96 recommendations in seven categories: instruction, students and families, teachers and support personnel, community and business, organization, facilities and finance.

The 75-page update assesses the progress made so far. But there are no summaries, no grades, no overall assessment of where the school system stands.

The school system spent $20,000 to have 5,000 copies of the document printed, duplicate the video -- also available to the public -- and entertain those who attended the unveiling.

"Now we have to find a way to entice people to read it," Dr. Berger said of the report. He said that he and other school officials weighed the criticism they would receive about the expense against the value of the information.

"Either we communicate or we don't communicate," he said.

The report and video show that "we're going to have to do things in a different way," he added. "Fixing something, especially something as important as education, before people believe it's broken, is difficult."

School officials and community leaders have been meeting since October to update the original "vision." Paul Goren, an educational consultant, added his views, and Dr. Berger said a committee will be formed to produce yet another "vision" update aimed at the year 2010.

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