A Comprehensive Strategic Plan for the White Salmon Valley School District
In May 2012, community listening forums and ongoing responses to an online survey helped identify four focus areas to guide the district over the next 5 to 10 years. Based on these community comments and ideas, task force groups were formed, each chaired by a different board member:
Technology: Dave Karlson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Academics: Paul Mosbrucker (email@example.com)
Facilities and Grounds: Kris Kreps (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If you have any questions, please email the school board member for the specific task force group, or Dr. Jerry Lewis, Superintendent at email@example.com
The organization of the task force groups occurred in September and October, 2012. Once organized, each group met to discuss key points that were highlighted in the community feedback and any additional items the groups feel need to be address in the 5 to 10 year strategic plan. A draft strategic plan was developed by the end of 2012.
Do you want to be involved? If you are interested in helping to shape the district's direction for the next 5 to 10 years, please complete this short questionnaire to let us know about your areas of interest.
For more information about the process, please see the description of it (from the Summer 2012 edition of The Bear News, mailed to area residents and available online.)
A Comprehensive Strategic Plan for the White Salmon Valley School District (2012)
I want to provide our community with an update on the progress of our district’s comprehensive strategic planning process.
Recommendations for a strategic plan came from our White Salmon Valley School Board of Directors early in the fall of this school year. The superintendent and two board members met during the first part of 2012 with an ESD112 facilitator, Dr. Glenys Hill, to help us in developing a process that would work for our district and community. The school board of directors and superintendent were very interested in gathering as much information as possible from our parents and community members so that the school board could make informed decisions for establishing meaningful goals and a positive direction for the district during the next 5 to 10 years.
The first step in the strategic planning process involved holding a community listening forum. This forum was held on March 15, 2012 at the Columbia High School library that included two sessions for community participation. The community listening forum format provided the opportunity for each school board member and the superintendent to sit and listen to the interests and ideas from our parents and community members concerning our district.
Approximately 60 parents and community members attended the two sessions held that evening, and another 70 responses came in from our district-wide questionnaire. Additional efforts have also been made to expand the number of responses through an outreach process to members of our community.
The questionnaire included three questions:
1. What programs/services/facilities at White Salmon Valley School District should be protected and maintained in the event of budget reductions?
2. What challenges do you see the district facing in the coming years?
3. Over the next 6 months the district will be developing a strategic plan. Are there new programs or program changes you would like to have considered as part of this plan?
The next step involved compiling all of the parent and community responses and putting them into common themes. All of the responses will be posted on our new district website that will go live in August. The district wants a strategic planning process that is both comprehensive and transparent.
Next, the school board and superintendent held a special board workshop on May 10, 2012 to review the common themes highlighted by the community feedback. The goal of this meeting was to identify and prioritize critical topics for taskforce work.
The four critical topics identified included communication, achievement, technology, and district facilities and grounds. Possible sub-elements were also identified for each critical topic for further discussion when taskforce groups are organized. One member of the board will chair each of the identified taskforce groups that will be created during the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
The school board and superintendent would like to invite parents and community members to contact the district office if you would like to be kept informed or would be interested in participating on one of these taskforce groups. You can contact the district office at 493-1500 or email the superintendent at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each critical taskforce group will address its topic, develop a plan, and present strategic recommendations to the school board that will lead to an adopted 5-10 year district strategic plan.
I want to thank our parents and community for their support through this strategic planning process.
Dr. Jerry Lewis, Superintendent