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      "Vision 2016" presented to public

      By{}Michele Sobelmsobel@wciv.com

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Charleston School District leaders shared their plans for the future with the public on Monday night. They presented their ideas for a long-term plan in a package called "Vision 2016."

      Ideas in the plan came from more than 730 teachers, principals, parents and members of the community.

      Mike Campbell has been working on the proposal as a community advisor. He says the purpose of the{}meeting was to identify targets the community wants to see included in the long term growth of the school district.

      "Some of the target goals include focusing on the academy, the different academies for different grades," Campbell said. "Also, focusing on literacy, less conflict with the board and more of a strategy toward getting things done."

      He said the community also wants to see more parent involvement, but parents need to be provided with tools from the school so they can do a better job encouraging their children to study and learn.

      "Hopefully this will create an open dialogue between the board and community where they can get things done for the kids," Campbell said.

      It's a project that's been in the making for a long time. The school district hopes the changes will go into effect over the next four years.

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