Armada Area School District launches community-wide strategic planning process – The Voice

The Armada Area School District School Board and administration announced that they are launching a new initiative to guide them through a five-year strategic plan.

The process will include community and staff input events, data collection, and other efforts to create a shared vision and goals for the future of the district and strategies to achieve them, while using scarce resources. public education in the most effective and efficient manner, the district officials said.

Stakeholder feedback will be an important part of the planning process, officials added. Community members, parents, students, teachers, and all district staff will have the opportunity to provide their input on district strengths, opportunities for improvement, barriers to implementation and their vision for the district.

Stakeholder input, along with essential district data, provides the basis for the district to choose approximately five priority goals to implement over the next three to five years.

“As school board members, we need to make the best decisions during these difficult and changing times,” said Scott Kline, school board chair for the Armada Area School District. “It is critical that we use data forecasts and stakeholder feedback to make decisions and set common priorities for the future of our district.”

Officials highlighted the following benefits of the strategic planning process:

• Provides integrated and meaningful community and staff input

• Presents a succinct and graphical picture of the current state of the district

• Establishes targeted strategic goals that identify target areas for improving student achievement

• Clearly delineates the role of the school board and superintendent/staff in strategic planning

• Uses data to set goals and make important decisions

• Helps identify areas to allocate increasingly scarce resources

• Aligns board priorities with school improvement processes

Debbie Stair, associate director of leadership development at the Michigan Association of

The school boards will work with the Armada Area School District over the next three months to complete the strategic plan.

“Armada area schools and MASB have worked together to design a customized process that ensures broad stakeholder involvement and will result in effective implementation of the strategic plan,” Stair said. “We look forward to involving the community in this process.”

Louisa R. Loomis