Washington School District

Washington School District officials and staff are continuing to work on a new strategic plan to guide the district through 2023.

The comprehensive improvement plan is being developed collaboratively, through teamwork, stakeholder feedback and data analysis, said Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer.

“We are knee deep in strategic planning with multiple implementation teams hard at it developing goals, strategies and action plans in four of the five areas of our next plan,” VanLeer said.

The five focus areas of the plan are:

1. chievement;

2. afety, Health and Well-Being (students and staff);

3. artnerships — Family and Community Engagement;

4. acilities/Learning Environments; and

5. ssets (people and resources) and Sustainability.

“Implementation teams are meeting this week in preparation of our new strategic steering team meeting on Sept. 19 at the Confluence Room at the career center,” VanLeer said. “The steering team will hear from the focus area implementation team leaders during a whip-around feedback session.”

The achievement team has been meeting since last spring, she said, while the other teams will be meeting throughout this semester.

“We hope to have the plan prepared for the school board for consideration by January 2019,” she said.

School board members are serving on the steering team, she added, and monthly updates will keep the board apprised of team progress to date.

“I am appreciative to those serving on each of our collaborative teams because it ensures a certain level of understanding, input and ownership over our goals and initiatives will prevail,” VanLeer said.

“This is important work and will shape our future for the next five years,” she noted. “It is not taken lightly and the plan, although it will evolve, will serve as a living document, our guide.  The plan keeps us accountable for meeting the needs of students as we prepare them for success.”

The strategic planning process began last year and the teams include a cross-section of school personnel, including teachers and support staff from the elementary and secondary divisions, along with administrators, school board members and parents.

An online survey also was sent out last school year to all stakeholders — parents, community members, staff and students — to gather input. Survey participants were asked questions in the five focus areas.

Throughout the planning process, school officials also are reviewing achievement and demographic data.