Community Consolidated School District 181
The District has been guided by a Strategic Plan, which aligns stakeholder expectations with District efforts. It also provides clarity and focus around a shared vision and direction for our future. Finally, it informs the budget process and provides for efficient spending.
The work began in the 2015-16 school year, where in partnership with the ECRA Group, Inc., the District laid the groundwork for the Strategic Plan.
First, we embarked on research to create a clear understanding of where we have been as a District and where we are today. Two key components of the research phase included focus groups and surveys. We asked for stakeholders' thoughts on community values, strengths and challenges, significant issues they would like the District to address in the next three to five years, and their vision for the future of our schools.
Then, the District conducted a discussion around proposed language for our mission, vision, guiding principles, and goals. After the Board's work on these components, community members were asked to give their feedback online or at either of two engagement events.
In early 2016, the Board approved the Strategic Plan, which is currently being put into action.
The Strategic Plan and accompanying implementation plan are living documents, interwoven in our daily operations and referenced regularly as we make decisions and set priorities.