Streetsboro -- In June 2012, a little more than six weeks after former Streetsboro City Schools Superintendent Bob Hunt announced his intent to leave the district, the School Board adopted one of his major accomplishments during his year in Streetsboro -- a new five-year, strategic plan.
Unlike the five-year fiscal plan, which must be updated every May and October and submitted to the state, this plan touches every aspect of the school system, including finances, curriculum, communication, technology, facilities and extracurricular activities.
"The plan very clearly articulates action steps that will be accomplished over the course of the next five years," said Hunt in June. "It will be the responsibility of the assigned individual or group to complete the action step."
According to School Board President Kevin Grimm, the School Board is planning to conduct a public work session to review progress on the strategic plan and consider changes to it. The work session hasn't yet been scheduled.
"We've always said that the strategic plan is a fluid document that will need to be revisited and adjusted," he said. "It's time for us to meet and see where adjustments need to be made. Our idea to publicly revisit and potentially revise the strategic plan is something that will have to be done on a recurring basis to keep the plan current with changing needs."
The major goals of the plan are:
• Every student in the Streetsboro City School District will demonstrate at least one year's worth of academic growth annually by 2017.
• The district will improve extra- and co-curricular options.
• The district will develop and implement a comprehensive instructional technology plan.
• The district will improve its facilities.
• The district will improve communications with internal and external stakeholders.
• The district will develop a plan that will financially support the beliefs, vision and mission of the Streetsboro City Schools.
The plan lists the seven over arching goals and lists "Actions" that need to take place to meet those goals. Each of those "Actions" are further broken down into "Steps."
For instance, under the goal to "improve extra- and co-curricular options," the first "Action" listed is data collection. The steps to accomplish the data collection are to establish are to establish an "extra/co-curricular activity committee, to assess the level of satisfaction with existing offerings and solicit feedback on past and future options" and to "create a list of offerings from other school districts."
Each of those steps also lists the party responsible for accomplishing it and the approximate date by which it should be accomplished. That format follows through the entire plan, which is a giant matrix of goals, actions, steps and all the people responsible for making sure the plans is followed. The plan is available in PDF form at the district' website, www.streetsboroschools.net.
FB: The Gateway News/Bob Gaetjens