High school students discuss technology with consultant Mitch Everton. Observing are LSHS librarian
Kristen Hendricks-Fonseca and School Board President, David Iseminger.
During the month of November Superintendent Amy Beth Cook began the school district’s strategic planning process that will culminate in the spring.
Forty-six percent of those who attended were parents and community members, an excellent response for which the superintendent is thankful.
“I am thankful for the thoughtful input of all who took time out of their busy schedules to participate. This input will guide us as we develop a strategic vision document for the district as we move forward with new initiatives, programs and appropriation of resources,” stated Superintendent Cook.
The process began with an invitation to parents, community, staff and students to participate in focus group sessions. Sessions were 90 minutes in length and Mitch Everton, the district’s consultant for the process, led participants through a series of questions to ascertain overall strengths and weaknesses of the school district.
In total, 19 focus group sessions were conducted and attended by 248 people representing a variety of key district stakeholders. Represented were parents, community members and leaders, district employees and students. Two of the sessions specifically addressed the topic of technology; those sessions were attended by students and a mix of community and staff members.
The next step in the process will have the School Board and Leadership Team meeting to analyze the data from the focus group meetings. This information will be incorporated into a vision and mission statement and the subsequent development of goal areas and steps.
In late spring the Strategic Plan is scheduled to be completed and shared with the community.