Mount Pleasant and McClellanville parents and community members brainstormed a number of suggestions Monday on ways the district could accomplish its proposed five-year goals, and those included continuing and expanding its focus on literacy, reducing class size and extending the school day.

District officials held public input sessions simultaneously at Wando High in Mount Pleasant and Lincoln High in McClellanville to solicit feedback on a preliminary version of their long-term plan, Vision 2016. The proposal calls for improving achievement for third- and eighth-graders in reading and math, and increasing the graduation rate for high schools.

Other ideas put forth at Monday's sessions included continuing capital improvements, putting a stronger focus on teacher effectiveness, and making Mount Pleasant its own school district. The League of Women Voters will compile the feedback.

Future public input meetings will be held: Jan. 23 at Baptist Hill High, James Island Charter High and St. Johns High; Feb. 13 at Stall High; and Feb. 27 at Burke High. All meetings begin at 6 p.m.