SUMMIT, NJ - Shaped by input and feedback from various stakeholders over several months, and after detailed discussion at the Board level, the Summit Board of Education has crafted and adopted three focus areas that will guide the general direction of the district. These focus areas are:
 
Focus Area #1: Raise achievement for all; provide a consistently excellent education at every level in an environment that empowers each child to reach his/her potential.
 
Focus Area #2: Cultivate a love of learning through outstanding curricula, inspirational instruction and well-supported teachers and staff, who are dedicated to excellence.
 
Focus Area #3: Sustain superior educational programs through timely investment, strong financial oversight and operational excellence.
 
 
The focus areas were developed through a variety of communications vehicles and forums. A community-wide survey, conducted in February, asked parents, other residents and staff to identify the schools’ strengths and areas in need of attention. More than 1,600 individuals answered at least one survey question.
 
The survey responses were analyzed by the Board, and a summary of the data was reviewed with the community at the March 12 Board of Education workshop meeting. The survey responses were then used to structure two community discussions on March 16 and 31.  
 
Key takeaways from the community discussions were identified, shared with the community at the April 16 workshop meeting, and revisited at the Regular Meeting on April 23.  After extended debate, the Board reached agreement on Focus Area #2 and #3 at the April 16 meeting and on Focus Area #1 at the April 23 meeting.

The Board and Administration will now begin the annual goal-setting process for each focus area. The annual goals will be more specific and measurable than the focus areas, and the annual goals will only reflect a portion of the district’s key activities for the year. The District has reminded residents that an absence of a particular initiative or area from either the focus areas or the annual goals should not be construed as a loss of priority or lessening of importance of a key initiative or outcome.