Input wanted in high school strategic plan

By Maria Libby | Nov 10, 2016

A lot has happened since I became superintendent nearly a year and a half ago. We have had several major incidents that have hit headline news — some on a national level. In addition to addressing the unexpected “fires” that come my way, I have also focused on numerous initiatives to help improve our school system.

For instance, we have created dozens of protocols to more systematically guide our operations, we have reviewed over 50 board policies, we have worked on the middle school project, we have pursued alternative options for the Bus Barn, we have developed new evaluation systems, and administrators across the district have placed an unprecedented emphasis on classroom instruction. In doing this work, it has been apparent to all involved that we need a more clear vision of where we are headed. Part of my entry plan was to help lay out a new strategic plan and we have decided to start with the Five Town CSD district  — Camden Hills Regional High School.

Last year, we reached the end of the former 13-year strategic plan that was developed shortly after the high school was built. I would argue that 13 years is too long of a timeframe for a strategic plan. People lose sight of it. Too many things change in that amount of time. People come and go and the plan eventually gathers dust, having a difficult time fulfilling its mission of serving as a guide for district efforts. Therefore, this year, the School Board chose to make one of its major goals be the development of a new, more nimble strategic plan with a much shorter timeframe — four years. That is equivalent to the typical duration a student is in high school. Our new four-year plan will provide direction for a sustained period of time, but so long that the document loses its power.

To accomplish this board goal, we formed a Strategic Planning committee consisting of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. The committee will meet monthly to guide the development of the plan. At various junctures this year, we will be seeking input from all of our stakeholders, including you, the community. We want to hear about what values and priorities are important to you in our educational system. We know the community takes a lot of pride in our strong school system. We want to sustain the many wonderful aspects of our high school and grow in ways to strengthen the experience and preparation we provide to our students.

Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out the survey found at this link and thank you in advance for your input and participation. It matters — we want to include your voice!

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