MILLEDGEVILLE — As the Baldwin County public school system continues embarking on its strategic planning process, community input is required to ensure success of the community engagement initiative portion within the strategic plan.
“Our strategic plan is a five-year plan of things we need to focus on in the school system to help improve the school system,” said School Superintendent Geneva Braziel. “It is critical to have as many voices at the table as possible so that our strategic plan will truly represent all of Baldwin County.”
The community engagement session, slated from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Baldwin High School, will gather input from stakeholders prior to the plan being developed.
“The focus of the community engagement session is to get all stakeholders within the community to provide their input on what they feel Baldwin County should look like. We want to hear from everybody. There is no registration required, you just have to show up,” Braziel said. “It’s critical to hear from Baldwin County citizens, parents, district staff and high school students on the future direction of the school district before the plan is developed.”
Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. before Braziel provides a presentation on the local school system and a representative from the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) gives an overview of the strategic planning process. Attendees will then break into small focus groups with 10 to 12 individuals led by a facilitator to discuss the school district and priorities for student success.
“We’re still looking for facilitators; people who are neutral, comfortable talking to groups and do not work within the school system. We’re hoping to have at least 30 or more facilitators, but right now we have about 15,” Braziel said last week. “Facilitators will be trained by GSBA prior to the community engagement session. They will have questions given to them by GSBA to ask each group, and every facilitator will have the same questions so the feedback is consistent.”
Individuals not able to attend the Nov. 5th meeting will still have an opportunity to provide their input by completing an online survey. The survey will be posted to the school district’s website immediately following the meeting.
“We encourage those not able to attend the community engagement session to complete the online survey so they can still give their input,” Braziel said. “If someone doesn’t have access to the Internet, we will have hard copies of the survey at the board office and all of the schools.”
All of the input received during the community engagement session and from the online surveys will be given to the planning team to assist in their deliberations on crafting a vision, mission, beliefs and strategic goal areas for the district. This team is composed of up to 25 school staff and community members.
“The planning team kick off meeting is Dec. 16 and 17. During the two-day event, the planning team will begin work with GSBA and GLISI (Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement),” Braziel said. “After the planning team finishes all the work they need to do on those two days, then we will appoint action teams to work on different strategic goal areas.”
The school board began developing the strategic planning process in early spring to serve as a blueprint for the school district. The major strategic goals include student achievement, student and stakeholder engagement, organizational effectiveness, and team learning and growth.
For more information about the upcoming community engagement session, or to lead a focus group as a facilitator, contact Braziel at 478-457-3303, or visit http://baldwin.schooldesk.net.
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