In the spring of 2016, the Metropolitan School District of New Durham Township embarked on the development of a strategic plan designed to guide the direction of the district through school years 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020. Initial steps in the process included community meetings and surveys led by Organizational Development Solutions, Inc. ODS also completed interviews of focus groups comprised of parents, staff members, and community members. Finally, the Board of Education with the school and district administration worked through a multi-step process, guided by ODS, to develop a completed strategic plan.
What is stategic 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
Our Four Primary Strategic Goals
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Goal 1: Focus on student success and achievement level through effective guidance, curriculum alignment with content standards, sound teaching methods, and consistency in the application of school policy to insure all students are challenged individually and collectively to meet more rigorous standards.
Goal 2: Build a culture that attracts students and parents and assures quality leadership, teachers, students, and staff by implementing procedures for effective recruitment, professional development, evaluation, and retention efforts.
Goal 3: Increase parental and community involvement throughout the school system, focusing on effective communication and partnerships.
Goal 4: Align resources with educational and facility needs.