The School District of Elmwood has conducted a Strategic Planning Process. As part of this process, a steering committee comprised of a variety of individuals representing our community was formed. The steering committee developed a set of discussion questions that were utilized to gather input from the community through focus group sessions. A focus group model was chosen to specifically address aspects of our school district while affording a variety of groups to meet and provide candid input. Focus group sessions were held with Elmwood School District Staff, students, parents, senior citizens, business, agriculture, local governmental agencies, Elmwood Alumni, and our local civic organizations. The input gathered from the focus groups sessions was utilized by the steering committee to formulate recommendations for the School Board.
The purpose of this strategic planning process was to proactively plan for the future of the School District of Elmwood. Currently, we are financially sound and have no immediate concerns for our school district. However, because we as a nation are now experiencing significant economic impacts of the Global Economy, we are faced with an ever-changing set of educational expectations and needs. It makes sense for us to actively plan for our future and more importantly, plan for the future of our students.
Update: May 13, 2013
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee has completed its process of reviewing all of the input gathered at the Focus Group Sessions. During this process, members of the committee read through all of the comments individually and then met several times as the full committee to determine the overall themes revealed from the input. These themes were determined, discussed and then prioritized into action plans for each category of themes. This process is in its final stage of refinement. In June, the final set of proposals will be presented to the full school board and the public will be welcome to attend this presentation. The School Board will then shedule a work session to further examine the findings of the Steering Committee. The School Board will make decisions in the upcoming months on the action plans from the Steering Committee.
Update: June 18, 2013
On Monday, June 17, 2013 at the regular school board meeting, Bruce Siebold from Rusk Prairie Consulting gave a presentation on the final document and the overall strategic planning process that was completed over the course of the past nine months. The final document is available for public review today on this website.
Update: July19, 2013
Strategic Planning Process
A presentation on the strategic planning process and the final document developed by the steering committee was given by Bruce Siebold from Rusk Prairie Consulting at the regular school board meeting on Monday, June 17, 2013. The School Board will now schedule a number of meetings to review and discuss the recommendations presented. The Board will then develop a timeline and priorities from these recommendations.
Update: October 30, 2013
From the Strategic Planning Process came a set of facilities ideas and objectives for improving our facilities. Among those were things like creating additional parking space, and improving access (ramps, doors, sidewalk improvements) to the building and grounds areas. To address these issues, this past summer we added parking space adjacent to our student parking area that provided additional ADA parking closer to our large gym as well as additional parking spaces. We also made improvements to sidewalks, ramps and approaches to help facilitate everyone's ability to get around. In addition, student input emphasized that we needed more and improved restroom facilities in the high school and in the elementary areas, so we look to make renovations to our current restroom facilities in the elementary and high school areas. We are now in the initial planning stages of these projects.
We are also now looking to upgrade our technology infrastructure. This week we look to upgrade our wireless network to poise ourselves for future expansion of technology.
This has been a wonderful process and has yielded some great ideas and directions for the Elmwood School District. On behalf of the School Board and myself, I would like thank everyone who has contributed to this process. It is evident from the input gathered and the participation of so many people in this process, that this community strongly supports its schools and is very proud of the Elmwood traditions and student outcomes. Elmwood is a great place to live and to raise your children for the Elmwood School District has much to offer its students.
Paul Blanford, Superintendent