The School District of Elmwood is conducting 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 to be utilized to gather input from the community through focus group sessions. A focus group model has been chosen to specifically address aspects of our school district while affording a variety of groups to meet and provide candid input. Focus group sessions have been held or will be 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 will be utilized by the steering committee to formulate recommendations for the School Board.
The purpose of this strategic planning process is 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.