Camden acting superintendent releases 4-part school improvement plan

David Madden
September 27, 2018 - 3:20 pm
Katrina McCombs

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CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Camden’s acting school superintendent has unveiled a long-term plan to continue making improvements in student performance in the district, which has been under state supervision for the past five years.

Katrina McCombs has spent the three months since her appointment on what might best be described as a fact-finding mission, touching base with parents, teachers, politicians and others.

“I was able to talk to about 500 people through in-person or survey results, analyze those results, put them together and devise a strategic plan,” she said, which contains four parts.

The first part of the plan is to accelerate student performance, which has been demonstrated through improved state test scores. Then there’s an effort to recruit more and better teachers, with particular emphasis on locating Latino and African-American men. 

Infrastructure also needs an upgrade, and finally, an attitude to put students first.

“We all have the mindset that every decision we make should be first about students and secondly about everything else to ensure their thoughts, their needs are elevated,” McCombs added.

She said her staff will maximize current funding and apply for grants wherever they can be found, but she’ll need additional money from the state.