Plainville Community Schools now has an updated strategic plan, according to Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Kitching. The plan was formally approved by the Board of Education at its February 11, 2013 meeting.
The updated plan is a culmination of several months' work by the Strategic Planning Committee, a group comprised of parents, Board of Education members, district faculty, staff, administration, and members of the community. The group met regularly between September 2012 and January 2013 with facilitator Jonathan Costa, from Education Connection, who led the collaborative process of updating the district's former strategic plan. "The Strategic Plan will provide focus and direction for the Board, and guide the work of the administration, faculty, and staff. All aspects of the plan are designed and intended to improve the quality of the education our students receive and the experiences they have in our schools," explained Kitching.
Components of the plan, which spans a five year timeframe, include a new mission statement, belief statements and three primary goals. Associated with each goal are indicators of success as well as specific action steps and expected outcomes. According to Kitching, while the district's strategic plan framework has been updated, the core focus of the school district on students, teaching, and learning has remained the same, and the school district's 2013-14 budget was designed to meet the goals of the updated plan. As such, all of the school district's initiatives fit into the framework of the new strategic plan, encapsulating the current district focus and serving as the roadmap for the next several years.
"This process involved a tremendous amount of work and new learning for the committee. I cannot thank the members enough for their willingness to stick with this initiative and see it through to the end," noted Kitching.
-Posted on March 5, 2013 at 10:13 AM
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