Barberton Schools Seeks Community Input
Superintendent Patti Cleary
The Barberton Board of Education has been seeking ideas and opinions from parents, community members, staff and students as they create a Five-Year Strategic Plan for the district.
The Strategic Planning Committee has been gathering data in order to honor the priorities of the community as we decide when and where to spend precious taxpayer dollars in the future.
Of course there are always expenses that will be incurred in a school district to teach children that are non-negotiable. However, we do have some decision-making ability when it comes to some programs that are optional for districts, like the arts, athletics and other extra-curricular activities.
Even though we have up-to-date school buildings, there are still areas on our campuses that need attention. The hard part is prioritizing these improvements and using resources in a way that most people in the community would feel are appropriate and will center on students’ needs.
Hence, we are asking for your opinions. If you would like to participate in a community or parent survey, all you need to do is sign up for e-communications on the home page of our website, www.barbertonschools.org and create an account. I will be sending out links to the surveys in my weekly newsletters to all of the email addresses registered during the month of September. If you would like a paper copy of one of the surveys, please send your name and address to Strategic Plan Survey Request, 479 Norton Ave., Barberton OH 44203 and indicate which survey you want; parent or community, or simply stop in the office and fill one out.
You can also give us your input and ask questions at a special focus group that will be conducted on September 25, 2014 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Active Adult Center adjoining Lake Anna YMCA. Any community members, including parents, staff or students are welcome to come and give us your opinions regarding how the school district should focus priorities.
The Barberton community has been very generous with their tax dollars; it is only right that you have the opportunity to tell us how you think we should use these resources to best serve the children of Barberton. This is your chance to impact the direction of the district for years to come.
The Board of Education hopes to finalize the Five-Year Plan by the end of 2014. At that time, we will publish the plan on our website and have copies for any interested parties.