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ASD Superintendent Parker lays out strategic plan

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown School District Superintendent Thomas Parker laid out his strategic plan for the district at a community meeting Monday night.

"We have all of the pieces we need to be successful now but you really need a strong vision and a sense of accountability," said Parker.

Parker hit on a couple of points, such as making the curriculum more culturally relevant, bringing the community together to celebrate successes, and also creating more avenues for communication.

One point that drew a response from an attendee concerned focusing on equality in education.

"So our kids regardless of background have the same resources," said Amanda Helman, an Allentown resident with concerns about the education system.

Parker also focused on utilizing technology and shifting away from paper, pencil, and textbook.

Parker said he wants to make headway on a host of issues by 2020.

Another strategic plan meeting will be held Tuesday, October 24, at from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Dieruff High School.

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