Milledgeville-Baldwin County educators, parents and stakeholders making up the Baldwin County public school system’s Strategic Planning Committee convened Monday to deliberate and craft a vision, mission, beliefs and strategic goal areas for the district.
“We’re looking at the data gathered to-date, looking at the mission, vision and beliefs, and coming up with a consensus on the general direction for the school system in the next three to five years,” said GLISI Consultant Dr. Maggie Glennon of Monday’s meeting, the first of two. “On [Tuesday] we will take the information from [Monday] and build a framework for the plan. The school district had a strategic plan, but it needs to be refreshed every three to five years to adjust to changing needs; some things may change and others updated.”
As part of the school system’s strategic planning process, community input was required to ensure success of the community engagement initiative portion within the five-year plan. The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) held a community engagement session in early November to gauge the thoughts, feelings and perceptions of community members regarding the district. An online survey was also offered as an additional input opportunity.
According to a report following the community forum compiled by a GSBA representative, about 72 community members, teachers, students and staff participated. There were 143 full responses to the online survey.
“I applaud the school system for believing in stakeholders in the community and entrusting them to assist and work collaboratively to develop a plan,” GSBA Professional Development Director Tony Arasi said.
After Tuesday’s meeting, under the direction of the GLISI and GSBA representatives, action teams will be appointed to work on various strategic goal areas.
“Sometime in January, we will have action teams that will take the framework that the planning team comes up with and flesh out the plan. Then in the next stage, the action team will present it back to the planning team as a check to make sure it is done correctly. Then it will go to the superintendent to recommend to adopt the plan, but the school board has the authority,” Glennon explained. “It’s more important we get it right than we get it done quickly.”
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.
The action team and planning team are expected to complete their duties by March 2014 with hopes to implement the newly developed strategic plan in the 2014-2015 school year.
“The Baldwin County school district is doing some very good things,” Arasi said. “They have challenges just like every other school district.”
For more information about the strategic plan, or to view data from the community engagement session, visit http://baldwin.schooldesk.net/strategicplanning.