Planning for the future
by Patti Cleary
Barberton City Schools have been collecting data and asking for community input since June in order to guide the creation of a Five-Year Strategic Plan. We are now in the final stages of writing/revising and will soon publish this plan to the public.
Included in the plan will be our beliefs, mission and vision statements. The Strategic Planning Committee has determined five areas for focused goals. They include academics, community engagement, communication, facilities and extra-curricular activities. Sub-committees have been working on each of these areas to create strategies and action steps for achieving the objectives of the five goals within five years.
All of these components have been drafted and will continue to be revised throughout the month of November. Our hope is to have a finished Five-Year Strategic Plan approved by the Board of Education in January, 2015. After approval, the plan will be published on our website.
I would like to thank all the community members who completed community, parent, staff and student surveys. Thanks also to parents, staff and community members who participated in focus group discussions in which they articulated the district’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges.
Armed with this input and multiple other data points, such as academic and extra-curricular achievement, our Strategic Planning Committee of about thirty people attended an orientation session and worked for one and a half days to brainstorm, analyze data and create the plan. We truly appreciate the dedication of this group of community members, teachers, administrators and board members on this task.
This was a wonderful opportunity for the Board of Education and district staff to discuss issues facing the district and to hear from the community where their priorities lie. Our promise to you is that we will use this Strategic Plan to guide our decisions for the next five years in order to allocate resources wisely and aligned with your values as we make Barberton City School District the best it can be!