New Strategic Planning Process Begins!
The Lansing Central School District has been enthusiastically engaged in a Strategic Planning process which will result in a recommendation to the Board of Education at a meeting in December 2010. The final plan will be very comprehensive, and the process will involve a Core Team of over thirty representatives from the district, area businesses, parents, associations and the community at large. Additionally, highly focused task forces will explore various components of district operations including Student Success, Value in Education: Fiscal Opportunities, The Engaged Community, and Facilities, Health and Safety.
A Powerful Model
PLC Associates, Inc. based in Rochester will be facilitating the activities of the Strategic Plan and serve as Project Leader. According to Dr. Stephen Grimm, Superintendent of Schools, “This is a very powerful model that is appreciably different from most designs by featuring significant levels of participation and involvement, comprehensive ongoing communication that will keep the community apprised of our progress along the way, and a process that will intentionally build a strong guiding coalition of positive support.” In addition, this model of planning has received rave reviews from participating school districts and is endorsed by New York State School Boards Association as a premier protocol.
“Expectations are extraordinarily high,” according to Penny Ciaburri, principal of PLC Associates, Inc. who will operate as Project Manager of the entire initiative. “Strategic Planning done well, with measurable outcomes and a clearly documented go-forward strategy provides a bright future for the students in the Lansing Schools. As well, it builds a strong foundation of support for education among members of the community. Just think about the possibilities.”
Difficult Times Require Strategic Action
Superintendent Dr. Grimm added, “It is difficult times like these when we need to be more strategic with our decision-making to ensure that our efforts are guided with a laser-like focus on actions that support the success of our children.” In closing, Board President Anne Drake stated, “The ultimate test for any strategic planning process is the difference that it makes in the lives of students, and we believe this process will support our goal of helping each student achieve their highest potential.”