Beginning April of 2016 the MSD of New Durham Township will be working with Organizational Development Solutions to develop a five year strategic plan. The plan will be developed using a systematic planning process that engages relevant stakeholders and it will serve as a guide for the district and the schools. The strategic plan will incorporate the district vision, mission, and values developed by the Board of Education fall of 2014.
What is strategic planning and why should all schools have a strategic plan? Strategic Planning is the process of looking at all aspects of the school district and planning how to move the school forward. The plan provides the ‘big picture’ of where we are, where we are going and how we are going to get there. It ensures the school staff focus on the essentials as determined by key stakeholders. It also provides direction so all stakeholders have a clear vision of what the school is trying to achieve and some understanding of the strategies agreed upon.
Strategic Planning Process There are five parts to developing a strategic plan: 1. Determine where we are a. Get a clear understanding of the marketplace, the competitive environment, and your organization’s competencies b. In order to complete this part of the plan we will review existing data from surveys already done, state documents and focus group meetings
2. Identify what is important a. This sets the direction of the school district over the long term and clearly aligns with the stated mission and vision b. Focus groups made up of students, parents, teachers and community members as well as interviews with staff and board members will provide insight on where we should be going as an organization
3. Define what you must achieve a. Set the expected objectives that clearly state what the district must achieve to address the priority issues b. The Board of Education will be responsible for determining the importance of each goal
4. Determine who is accountable a. This is how we get to where we want to go b. The strategies, action plans, and budgets are all steps in the process that effectively communicate how time, human capital, and money will be allocated to address the priority issues and achieve the defined objectives
5. Review. Review. Review. a. The review process is utilized to ensure that objectives are being met b. To ensure the plan performs as designed, we will hold regularly scheduled formal reviews of the process and refine as necessary