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Mattawan schools launches strategic planning process

MATTAWAN – The Mattawan Consolidated School Board of Education and the District Administration announced they are launching a Dynamic Strategic Planning Initiative. The process will include community and staff input opportunities, data collection, and other efforts to create a shared vision and goals for the future of the district and strategies to achieve them, all while using public education resources in the most effective and efficient way, according to a press release from the school district.
Stakeholder feedback will be an essential part of the planning process. Community members, parents, students, teachers, and all district staff members will have the opportunity to give input on the strengths of the district, opportunities for improvement, barriers for implementation, and their vision for the district. Stakeholder input and essential district data provide the basis for the district to identify and prioritize goals to be implemented in the coming months.
The benefits of the strategic planning process are many. Most notable are:
• Provides integrated, important input from community and staff
• Presents a succinct and graphical picture of the district’s current status
• Sets focused strategic goals that identify target areas to improve student achievement
• Delineates the role of the Board of Education and the superintendent/staff in strategic planning
• Uses data to set goals and make critical decisions
• It helps identify areas to allocate resources
• Aligns Board priorities with school improvement processes
Ted Roethlisberger, Mattawan Consolidated School Board of Education president, said, “As school board members, we have to make the best decisions in these challenging, changing times. It is essential we use data forecasting and stakeholder input to make decisions and set shared priorities for the future of our district.”
Gary Rider, of Rider Educational Consulting, LLC, will work with Mattawan Consolidated School for the next five months to complete the strategic plan. Rider said, “Mattawan and Rider Consulting, LLC have worked together to design a customized process that ensures broad stakeholder involvement and will result in effective strategic plan implementation. We look forward to working with the staff, students, and the community in this process.

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