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A vision and mission statement that reflects and guides the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.’s effort to provide students with a quality education is headed for a major overhaul.

School board members will discuss the changes during a public meeting Monday and expect they will vote on them in January, Superintendent John Quick said.

He said a committee that included school board members came up with the revisions after about a year of investigating, gathering information and editing broad ideas to their simplest form.

The new mission statement and vision focuses on “deeper learning” and “high-expectation objectives.”

Officials have come to believe that the longest-term learning, or “deeper learning,” is the kind that takes the student beyond simple words and numbers in a textbook. Instead, it uses initiatives like project-based learning to teach those lessons with real-life experiences, like launching a toy rocket to learn about thrust.

The proposed “high-expectation objectives” incorporates the values the school system uses today, said Linda DeClue, assistant superintendent for human resources. She said the difference is that the high-expectation objectives are more specific and incorporate the theme of deeper learning.

Quick said the school system is moving beyond some of the concepts and catch phrases it used in current and recent documents.

“Now we’re to the point where we don’t have to tell everyone about a continuous improvement process,” Quick said. “That’s just part of the culture.”

But there’s another reason for the overhaul.

Quick said an updated vision and mission statement gives the school system something to check its progress against so it can stay on the path to improvement.

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