Shelby Schools community forum meetings next week.

December 7, 2018

Shelby Schools community forum meetings next week.

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SHELBY – Shelby Public Schools has scheduled two community forum meetings for Monday and Thursday next week at The Ladder Community Center, 67 N. State St.

“Shelby Schools is working with MASB (Michigan Association of School Boards) to develop a strategic plan,” said Superintendent Tim Reeves.

“Debbie Stair and Laura Fenger are two MASB consultants who have worked with our board, staff, students and administration this fall collecting feedback and input to create this plan,” said Reeves.

“One key set of stakeholders they still need to hear from is all of you, community members and/or parents.

“There are two opportunities next week to provide your feedback on all topics related to Shelby Schools – Monday, Dec. 10, and Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at The Ladder Community Center. Debbie and Laura will ask for your valued input.

“Having developed two of these strategic plans in previous districts, the more information received the better. Because of this, we would love to have you show up and share your thoughts.

“The Shelby Board of Education and administration are launching a new initiative to guide Shelby schools through a 3-5 year strategic plan,” the superintendent said.

“The purpose of this initiative is to help us develop new goals and strategies for continuing to offer an excellent education for our students, while using scarce public education resources in the most effective and efficient way.

“Stakeholder feedback is an important 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.

If you are unable to attend the meetings, you can also go online to complete a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ShelbySP

“Stakeholder input, along with essential district data, provides the basis for the district to choose approximately five priority goals to be implemented over the next three to five years.

“The benefits of the strategic planning process are many. Most notable are:
• It provides integrated and important input from community and staff.
• It presents a succinct and graphic picture of the district’s current status.
• It sets focused strategic goals that identify target areas to improve student achievement.
• It clearly delineates the role of the board of education and the superintendent/staff in strategic planning.
• It uses data to set goals and make important decisions.
• It helps identify areas to allocate increasingly scarce resources.
• It aligns board priorities with school improvement processes.

“As a district, we have to make the best decisions in these challenging, changing times. It is essential that we use data and stakeholder input to make decisions and to set priorities for our district,” said Reeves.

Debbie Stair, board development manager for MASB, will work with Shelby Schools for the next three months to complete the strategic plan. “Shelby Schools and MASB have worked together to design a customized process that ensures broad stakeholder involvement and will result in an effective strategic plan implementation,” Stair said.

Flyers about the meetings were set to be mailed out, Friday, Dec. 7, to all Shelby and New Era residents.

 

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