East Rockaway Highlights Strategic Plan Progress


East Rockaway’s Board of Education and community members received an update on the district’s Five-Year-Strategic Plan during the September Board of Education meeting.
Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz presented the information, which began with the plan’s goals — to provide an outstanding educational program (achievement), to ensure success for every student (opportunity), to leverage technology to engage and challenge students in a safe environment (innovation) and to make connections that will foster students’ success (connection).

Ruiz then shared the achievements made to date. They included a curriculum review process and the creation of a districtwide writing committee that resulted in a new framework for writing instruction for students. She also spoke about the College and Careers Experience elective for seventh-grade students based on the Advanced Via Individual Determination program, which heightens middle school students’ academic and social-emotional readiness for success and provides professional development for educators.

Increased Advanced Placement courses and Advanced Regents offerings, as well as the creation of new programs, extracurricular activities, and college and career awareness were also discussed. In addition, an increased number of opportunities for students to participate in regional competitions were made available. Meanwhile, growth in innovation includes a three-year technology plan, additional district security enhancements, the formation of a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) program and new partnerships with outside organizations to benefit students. The district also created advisory, mentoring, and social emotional learning programs and generated relationships with Molloy College and Nassau Community College. They also increased communication with parents and connections to community organizations.

Superintendent Ruiz thanked all of the district’s teachers and administrators for their hard work and said she is looking forward to a successful school year as the district continues to move forward.

Board of Education President Patricia Nicoletti thanked Superintendent Ruiz for her vision in bringing the strategic plan into focus.

“Let’s be mindful that this was your brainchild,” Nicoletti said to Ruiz. “You have been relentless in achieving the goals of this five-year strategic plan. Your vision, organization and implementation of this is the fruition of your hard work and I thank you.”    

To learn more about the district’s progress on the Five-Year-Strategic Plan, please click on the following link: