Teachers in Grain Valley have spent the last year improving their leadership abilities and learning new skills they can take back to their own buildings.

Teachers in Grain Valley have spent the last year improving their leadership abilities and learning new skills they can take back to their own buildings.


The group of 13 teachers were recognized during the May 17 Grain Valley Board of Education meeting for successfully completing the program, called Administrative Development Seminar.


“We believe that building leadership capacity in our schools improves student learning,” Superintendent Roy Moss said. “ This group provides us a strong pool of people from which we can select future principals.”


Teachers submitted applications last summer to enter the program. Most of the teachers in the group are working toward becoming a principal in the future. In addition to monthly meetings that focused on leadership issues throughout the 2011-12 school year, group members shadowed principals in the school district, participated in a book study on school leadership, heard presentations from the directors of various district departments and gave input on the direction of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.


Four members of the program have served as district summer school directors and two have been selected to serve as administrative interns during the 2012-13 school year.


Moss also announced at the meeting that construction has started on the next phase of Grain Valley North Middle School. Funds will come from a $3 million bond issue. Construction is starting later than expected because the bond failed in February before being approved in the April election.


The work will include the completion of the exploratory classroom wing and the start of a second wing of classrooms that will bring the building’s capacity to 450 students. The exploratory wing will include two fine arts classrooms. If money is left after the classroom additions are finished, the kitchen area will be expanded and new kitchen equipment will be purchased.


Construction will continue throughout the summer and early fall with completion anticipated late this year.