NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Strategic planning is imperative for school districts as they face an increasing number of challenges, some of them never seen before.
Nacogdoches Independent School District is doing its part.
Today, it launched the first stage of a long range planning session.
Nacogdoches school district administrators, staff and faculty began a two-day discussion with community members.
"We have to take into consideration the community's perception of us because in their minds that's what we are," said Dr. Fred Hayes, NISD Superintendent.
"This is a 3-5 year strategic plan. Set our objectives. Set our priorities. What defines NISD as a school district," said Mason Moses, NISD Policy Specialist.
Community members on this panel are encouraged to remain candid and speak their mind
"They allow us to say what we think, what we feel and what we see, so instead of just what they would like to hear," said John Cannings, Solid Foundation community member.
Education is challenging. Sometimes administrators don't even know how much state funding a district will have until after the school year begins.
"I think it's even more imperative to develop a plan during challenging economic times because you want to be certain that you are prioritizing and allocating your funds where you get the greatest impact on student learning," said consultant Dr. Jenny Preston.
Phase two of strategic planning will bring back over a hundred community members.
"We hope to have any where from 15-30 people on each action plan,"said Dr. Hayes.
Strategic planning isn't mandated, but consultants say districts engaging in it want to be in the top tier. Students are taught "high expectations...it matters to everyone". The same lesson can apply to adults engaged in NISD's strategic planning.
Phase one of strategic planning ends tomorrow.
Action plan teams will begin work in time to submit their plans to the school board next Spring.
Any Nacogdoches community member interested in participating in the planning process should contact NISD's policy specialist, Mason Moses.