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School district holds vetting sessions

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 2012

TORRINGTON – Goshen County School District officials hosted strategic planning vetting sessions Monday and Tuesday at several locations for the organizational assessment of the district being done by Krenek Consulting of Tomball, Texas.

The school board contracted with Krenek in the amounts of $18,000 and $22,500 for accreditation consulting services for the 2012-2013 school year.

The organizational assessment looked for evidence of key elements of functional systems. This refers to aligning the district from top to bottom. Its aim is more efficiency and effectiveness so teachers perform at their best.

The process is divided into four steps. It includes development of five parts.

Values – the organization’s code of ethics.

Vision – where the organization wants to be in the future and ideal state.

Mission – description of the organization’s reason for existing.

Strategic plan “placemat” – one-page snapshot/overview of the strategic plan that includes the mission, vision, values, goals and objectives.

Strategic plan “roadmap” – simply a way to understand where the district wants to be in an extended period and what steps to take to get there.

Step one was a work session with 16 members of district staff (including certified, classified and external stakeholders) on Sept. 11-13 to provide a common understanding of mission, vision, values and strategic planning.

This week’s meetings form the second step and will gather input and feedback on the work so far. This step is critical for getting input, support and buy-in from internal and external stakeholders. Meetings were held Monday at Torrington Middle School, the school administration building, Torrington High School and Lingle-Fort Laramie High School. Meetings took place Tuesday at Southeast, Trail Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, LFL and the administration board room to hear again from families, the community and school board.

The final step will include the discussion of findings from the stakeholder feedback sessions. Step four is scheduled for Oct. 23-25 to develop the strategic plan roadmap. The team also will draft a communication plan to keep stakeholders informed on the district’s progress with the roadmap.

Implementation of the roadmap will keep the district focused on the goals, the path to get there and actions necessary to achieve excellence.

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