The strategic planning process began 6 months ago when the 30-person planning team, composed of members representing the diverse stakeholder groups in the district, met for the 1st time. Using a consensus model of decision making, the group was able to reach 100% agreement on a list of core shared beliefs, a new mission representing the community's loftiest aspirations for the district, objectives, strategic parameters that will guide implementation of the plan, and 7 unique strategies designed to achieve the objectives and mission.
More than 280 volunteers then took over and met on Monday nights between February and May to design operational action plans for each of the 7 strategies identified by the planning team. Participation on action teams was open to anyone who stepped forward. Students, parents, community members, teachers, staff, and administrators all participated in groups. The action teams also used a consensus model of decision making that required everyone in the room agree before an item would become a part of the plan.
A similar planning process will be instituted at each of the district's 72 schools in the next 4 years to create site-based plans that align to the district's new strategic plan.