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D-50 working with new strategic plan

GURNEE – After numerous hours of discussions and information gathering over seven months, Woodland District 50 is working with a new strategic plan for 2018 through 2023.

“Strategic plans are meant to focus the district’s energy on what is important to our school community. We want to assure those who gave of their time and talents that we will follow the new plan for Woodland’s future,” Board President Dr. Carla Little said in a news release.

The new mission statement is: Woodland District 50 empowers our children to reach their potential by providing exceptional learning experiences that foster critical thinking in a nurturing learning environment. The new vision is: Together, inspiring tomorrow’s creators, thinkers and leaders.

More than 1,200 community members, staff and students participated in creating the plan with goals focused on the following topics: student learning, student well-being, finance/facilities, staff recruitment/development, and community relations/district pride.

Each topic was at the core of focus group discussions with 65 stakeholders that included seventh- and eighth-grade students, parent groups, PTA community officials, teachers and administrators. The topics were used to build a 31-question community survey completed by more than 1,000 respondents.

Sixteen seventh- and eighth-grade students participated in the focus area study groups in October. The students shared their views on the use of technologies in the classroom, additional programming and events they would like to see offered, additional promoting of the school through social media, and other points.

For information about the goals and initiatives for the next five years, go to www.dist50.net and under the Our District tab find Strategic Plan 2018-2023.

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