Owasso Public Schools Launches Strategic Planning Process | New

From staff reports

Owasso Public Schools is launching a strategic planning initiative that will involve students, educators, families and the whole community.

The district is working with the Oklahoma State School Boards Association and the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center for Education Community Renewal to facilitate the continuous strategic improvement planning process, which has been used by other school districts throughout the state.

The strategic planning process will allow the district to build on its existing foundation of excellence by using a five-year action plan to improve and strengthen its student services.

“The goal is to develop a meaningful and actionable plan that best reflects the vision and priorities of our students, families, staff and community members,” said OPS Superintendent Margaret Coates. “The goal is to establish a collective vision, deliberate goals for student learning, and a shared consensus on how best to achieve and support district goals.

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“The plan will also provide direction for how the district will address future growth, develop and implement capital improvement plans, maximize resources, and innovate processes to meet the ever-changing needs of our students.”

The district will conduct a school climate survey in August to help identify strengths and opportunities for improvement, and begin an in-depth review of student achievement data. In the fall, the district will host a series of community forums and launch an online survey to receive feedback from anyone interested in the OPS.

“As we plan for the future of the Owasso School District, community input is invaluable,” said school board chair Neal Kessler. “I can’t think of anyone better than the families who live and work in our community to partner with the District and help with decision making for years to come.”

Louisa R. Loomis