Roseville Community Schools will begin a strategic planning process

On September 21, Rod Green, consultant for the Michigan Association of School Boards, meets with students at Roseville High School about the strategic plan.

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ROSEVILLE — The school board and administration of Roseville Community Schools are embarking on a three- to five-year strategic planning process that will include community input.

The purpose of the strategic plan is to help school officials develop goals and strategies that will not only provide education to students, but will use public education resources effectively and efficiently.

“We never did a strategic plan in Roseville,” Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski said. “It’s something I put on my to-do list.”

Last month, school officials distributed a survey on the district’s website to gather information about the district’s strengths and weaknesses. District officials interviewed parents, teachers, support staff, students, administrators and community members. Over 400 people responded. Michigan Association of School Boards, or MASB, consultant Rod Green will assist the district in the strategic planning process.

“He’s going to make the process easier for us,” Blaszkowski said. “He did this several times. He has a lot of experience with that. »

The district will hold a committee meeting on Oct. 16 where school officials will review the polls with Green’s help and set goals for the future. Other data regarding student performance will also be shared.

“We will discuss the needs of our community and how we can best achieve our goals,” Blaszkowski said. “Our community has always supported us. Having goals for the future of the district is essential to the growth of our schools. What I would like the district to work on is community involvement. How can we promote not only our schools, but our community? »

He said the district, for example, has begun to open up its relationship with the Recreation Authority of Roseville & Eastpointe. Working with the City Manager is also a priority. The strategic plan is for three to five years, to give the district some flexibility.

“You are aiming for three years. If you don’t hit the targets, you can use more time,” Blaszkowski said. “As you move forward, you will come back and revisit the strategic plan again. I’m really excited to start the process. I think this will help give our district some direction for improvement.

There will be a final planning session on October 21. The plan will be put to the vote of the school board at its November 15 meeting.

In a press release, school board president Theresa Genest said board members look forward to collaborating with the superintendent, trustees, staff and community members on the strategic plan.

“We want to know where they would like our district to be in five years,” Genest said. “We have a community of hard-working citizens, and with their help, we can hopefully achieve our goals.”

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Louisa R. Loomis