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January 4, 2014

Strategic planning committee examines school district’s five-year direction

STILLWATER, Okla. — Where does Stillwater see itself as a school district five years from now?

Stillwater Public Schools intends to answer that question with the assistance of a strategic planning committee.

The 30-member committee, formed last fall, is comprised of teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and community members. The panel meets twice each month to talk about curriculum, personnel, finance and other school-related issues. The committee will meet through the spring. The district then will send out a survey to staff, parents and community leaders, asking about the strengths and weaknesses of the district.

“What we want is to get a really good feel from everyone, not just the parents in our schools,” said Superintendent Ann Caine. “We want to know what they think we do well and what they think we could do better.”

The results of the survey will be turned over to the committee to help devise a five-year plan.

‘The strategic plan is a big deal for us,” Caine said. “This will guide us as we go through the next five years.”

Rebecca Eastham, director of business and industry services at Meridian Technology Center, was hired by the district to facilitate the five-year plan.

Part of the five-year plan is to create mission and vision statements for the district.

“The ones we have now are really old,” Caine said. “They have survived several superintendents.”

The district is operating on a 10-year long-range facilities plan, which was used to craft items in the $61.5 million bond issue in February 2011.

Assistant Superintendent Terry McCarty, whose is in charge of operations, will reconvene the long-range facilities committee next fall to devise capital improvement strategies for the second half of the 10-year plan. The result of their research and discussions will appear on the 2017 bond election.

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