During the Spring of 2013, the School District of Elmwood 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. From these recommendations, a strategic action plan was developed and this action plan with timelines has been guiding the Elmwood School Board with their decisions for the past four years.