Washington School District

The Washington School Board got its first look at the new strategic plan document, still in draft form, which will guide the district through 2024.

The board has received regular updates while the plan was being developed collaboratively, through teams, stakeholder feedback and data analysis.

A first reading of the plan — Our Path Forward — was conducted at last week’s school board meeting.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer said the plan will be on the district’s website, washington.k12.mo.us, for public review and then revisions will occur before final approval at the January board meeting.

The five focus areas of the plan are achievement; safety, health and well-being (students and staff); partnerships (family and community engagement); facilities/learning environments; and assets (people and resources) and sustainability.

The teams have developed goals, strategies and action plans for each area.

“We started this process about 18 months ago,” VanLeer said. “A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into this . . . and it will continue to evolve over the next five years.”

The plan is “lofty, progressive and very comprehensive,” she added. “I feel very good about it.”

The full strategic planning team will meet again in January to review the public feedback.

The district’s vision, as outlined in the plan, states the district will provide an inspiring educational environment by means of challenging, relevant and purposeful learning experiences designed to prepare students for their future.

“We are committed to an engaged and customized approach to education,” the plan states. “We encourage innovation and creativity developed to help our students explore their purpose and passion as they acquire the skills and attributes necessary to be college and career ready.”

The district’s core values, focus areas and a road map for implementation are all outlined in the report.

The strategic plan document will be available for public comments through Jan. 7, 2019.

VanLeer encourages parents and other community members to share any thoughts, questions or other feedback after reviewing the document.

The strategic plan can be downloaded from the district’s website.