Superintendent's Message: District Begins Strategic Planning

  • matt sickles


    Over the past two years, the Midlakes Board of Education, administration, and staff have been focused on the concept of alignment. Ensuring that every Midlakes student has access to the best possible opportunities and outcomes requires everyone working together and pulling in the same direction. It also requires a clear understanding of where we are and where we want to go.

    As we adapt to the changing needs of our students and the evolving expectations related to college and career readiness, it is important to review our progress, our opportunities, and the desired outcomes for our students.

    On February 10, Midlakes will begin a strategic planning process that will clarify the values and beliefs of the District and establish the goals that will guide our work for the next 3-5 years.

    The District is committed to working with all stakeholder groups to gather feedback on our successes, our areas for improvement, and the priorities that will enable us to support the social, emotional, and academic needs of our students to create the appropriate opportunities for success. This feedback is essential to identifying the needs and goals that should serve as focal points of our work for the next several years.

    The District will be assisted in this work by a team of consultants from the Warner School of Education (University of Rochester). The Warner School was selected through a competitive application process. Its team brings a wealth of experience in working with school districts to analyze and evaluate current performance, investigate opportunities for improvement, and develop strategic plans that serve as practical and effective tools for advancing student outcomes.

    On February 10, the team of consultants will be on campus all day to meet and gather feedback from students, teachers, support staff, and administrators. The consultants will also meet with the Board of Education, just prior to the February 10 Board meeting, to gather its insights on the successes and goals of the district.

    Parents and community members are invited to join the team for a forum at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in rooms 118, 119 and 120 in the High School. For those who are unable to attend the community forum, a survey will be posted on the school website during the month of March.

    Once all the data and feedback have been collected, a Strategic Planning Council will meet regularly from March through May to evaluate the information, discuss the values, beliefs, and goals of the District, and develop a Strategic Plan for final consideration by the Board of Education. The Strategic Planning Council will be made up of approximately 25 members representing students, parents, teachers, support staff, administration, and the Board of Education.

    The District is excited to develop a plan that includes the many perspectives of this inclusive Planning Council. The strategic plan will be finalized and presented to the Board of Education by June 15.

    The strategic planning process will enable the District to align our programs, policies, and budgets to a clear set of goals that reflect a common understanding of what our students need to thrive. Strategic planning represents an important step in advancing the work of the District and the success of our students.

    We welcome and encourage all members of the Midlakes community to participate by attending focus groups and/or completing the online survey. We need and value your input!