Francis Howell School District

Francis Howell School District looks towards the future
By Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris

In January, the Francis Howell School District officially launched our new Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS). FHSD has partnered with Spectrum/Charter to create a program where students will gain professional skills in high demand, high skill technology solutions careers such as software engineering, graphic design, web development, and IT network support.

Students will spend half of their school day at the Spectrum office in Maryland Heights, using Spectrum mentors and technology. For the 2018-19 school year, there will be a county-wide CAPS consortium that will include other career pathways and all of the school districts in St. Charles County.

After much work last semester by our strategic planning team, and plenty of feedback from our students, staff, parents and community, we have a strategic plan that will provide important guidance for the next five years. The board of education reviewed the plan in January and will vote to approve it in February. The next step will be to put action teams into place as we begin “living the plan.” Thanks to all of our stakeholders who participated in the process and provided valuable input.

The FHSD Board of Education has voted to place a 48-cent operating levy on the ballot for the April election. The tax levy has been named “Proposition Learn,” since revenue will be used to support student learning.

The funds generated by the passage of Prop Learn will support technology upgrades, provide new programming and innovative courses, hire staff to address student needs and support struggling students, provide updated classroom materials, restore previous cuts to extracurricular activities and increase staff compensation after two years of frozen salaries.

More information about the CAPS program, strategic planning, and Proposition Learn can all be found on the district website. Thanks again, we are all looking forward to a great second semester!

Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris is superintendent of the Francis Howell School District.