Request for public input

Ishpeming Public School District to hold stakeholder meeting

ISHPEMING –The Ishpeming Public Schools Board of Education and administration is seeking public input on its three- to five-year strategic plan at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Ishpeming High School Library.

The purpose of the initiative is to “enable the development of new goals and strategies for continuing to offer an excellent education for our students, while using scarce public education resources in the most effective and efficient way,” a press release from the district states.

Parent and community member input, along with essential district data, provides the basis for the district to choose about five priority goals to be implemented over the next three to five years.

According to the press release, the strategic planning process provides multiple benefits including: integrating important input from community and staff; presenting a succinct and graphic picture of the district’s current status; setting focused strategic goals that identify target areas to improve student achievement; clearly delineating the role of the school board and the superintendent and staff in strategic planning; using data to set goals and make important decisions; helping to identify areas to allocate increasingly scarce resources; and aligning board priorities with school improvement processes.

“Stakeholder feedback is an important part of the planning process,” the release states. “Community members, parents, students, teachers and all district staff members will have the opportunity to give input on the strengths of the district, opportunities for improvement, barriers for implementation and their vision for the district.”

The district will be assisted by Richard Diebold, a consultant from the Michigan Association of School Boards, for the next three months to complete the strategic planning process.

“Ishpeming schools and MASB have worked together to customize an established process that ensures broad community involvement and will result in an effective strategic plan for the foreseeable future,” Diebold said.

School board President Robert Nadeau said having all the necessary information is crucial to the board’s decision-making process.

“As school board members, we have to make the best decisions in these challenging, changing times,” Nadeau said. “It is essential that we use factual data and input from our community stakeholders to help make decisions and set priorities for our district that reflect the needs of the students, families and community we serve.”

Any parent or community member interested in providing input for the strategic plan is asked to attend the meeting on Thursday, or complete the Strategic Plan Stakeholders Survey online at www.ishpemingschools.org.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.

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