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October 22, 2013

Community input needed in BOE strategic planning process

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.”

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