Washington High School: Excellence Everyday

Washington School District’s newly formed strategic planning team will hold its first meeting Monday afternoon.

Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer said the team includes a cross-section of school personnel, including teachers and support staff from the elementary and secondary division, along with administrators, school board members and parents.

The board’s student representative, Lydia Juengling, also has been asked to participate.

VanLeer updated the board on the planning process Wednesday night.

“I’m looking forward to a first great meeting,” she told board members. “Continuous improvement is at the heart of all we do in the district.”

The team will help the district develop a new five-year Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP). The new strategic plan will guide the district from 2018 through 2023.

The strategic planning team will meet two to three times between now and the end of the school year.

VanLeer said the team will advise in the establishment of the district’s vision, mission, theme/focus areas of improvement and general goal areas.

Implementation teams also will be established.

Additionally, the district plans to send out an electronic survey to all stakeholders — parents, community members, staff and students — as it develops a new five-year strategic plan.

The online survey will help determine the district’s future direction, VanLeer said.

Last month, school board members approved a $6,700 proposal from Patron Insight, Kansas, to develop a survey for each targeted audience, with input from the board. The surveys will go online to all audiences in January 2018.

Throughout the planning process, school officials will review achievement and demographic data.

In September, the school board held a visioning session to discuss the next CSIP and board members, along with district administrators, participated in a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of proposed focus areas.

VanLeer said a school improvement tool, comprised of a survey from ASCD, American Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, a professional organization serving educators, also went out to staff and district parents, in September.

Those results are guiding the focus areas of safety, health and well-being (students and staff), academic achievement and supports, family and community engagement, human and fiscal resources, and facilities and learning environments.