Mason Schools launches strategic planning process

ERIE — The Mason Consolidated Schools School Board and district administration announced Friday they are launching a new initiative to guide them through a three- to 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 seeking to use the public education resources in the most effective and efficient manner.

Stakeholder input will be an important part of the planning process. 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,” school board chair Bruce Stieben said in a news release announcing the initiative. “It is critical that we use data forecasts and stakeholder feedback to make decisions and set common priorities for the future of our district.

Benefits of the strategic planning process include:

• 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, MNML, assistant director of leadership development at the Michigan Association of School Boards, and Bradley Hamilton, Ed.D., consultant, will work with Mason Consolidated Schools over the next three months to complete the strategic plan.

“Mason Consolidated Schools and MASB have worked together to design a custom process that ensures broad stakeholder engagement 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