(Disclosure: The author of this article is a member of the Vandalia-Butler City Schools Strategic Planning Committee.)
VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler City Schools kicked off its 2020 strategic planning process on Monday evening with over 120 members of the community, district staff, and the Board of Education.
The strategic plan, titled Connecting Aviators – Our Children, Our Community, will take shape over the next seven months and will focus on five areas:
- Sustained Excellence: Academics, Curricular, and Co-Curricular programs
- Staff talent, recruitment, development, and retention
- Future facilities infrastructure
- Stakeholder engagement and communications
- Local governance
Superintendent Bradley Neavin was thrilled with the number of community members in attendance.
“I am extremely encouraged that so many people are engaged in our schools and interested in this process,” said Neavin. “It is another example of what a great community this is, that the people in Vandalia and Butler Township really do value their schools and want to be involved and have a voice.”
Board of Education President Bruce Sucher said those voices would be listened to.
“If anyone has doubts that we want to hear their input – we could have just done a survey with questions that directs folks in a way we want them to go,” said Sucher. “We want people involved in this process. This school district belongs to this community, and the community’s school district is what will come out of this.”
Committee members are divided into five subcommittees that mirror the topics above. They will be asked to assess the school district during two meetings in September and October.
The second phase of the process will include half-day workshops with the committee as well as community forums at each school building to generate feedback from the entire community.
The Board of Education will review and approve the planning’s vision and strategy late in 2016.
In the final phase of the process, slated for late winter 2017, the committee will meet in two sessions to develop comprehensive and specific action plans for each of the areas of the strategic plan listed above.
Dave Ramey, whose company Strategic Leadership Associates, is facilitating the planning process, said that the time commitment for committee members is significant. Sucher acknowledged that as well.
“This will be a very involved process, and we really appreciate people taking the time” to serve on the committee.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.