It has been said that if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there. In order to ensure the success of every student in Fayette County Public Schools, the district needs a concrete plan to chart the next three to five years.
More than 20,000 students, employees, families and community members shared their thoughts on the strengths and challenges facing the school district by participating in surveys, focus groups, and listening sessions during the superintendent search and Manny Caulk's entry plan process. In addition, the school board commissioned five external reviews by independent auditors – a review of the overall organization and structure across 10 domains, as well as audits of the district’s career and technical education program, services offered for students who have special needs, are learning English as a second language, or are identified as gifted and talented.
Now it’s time to take all that information and lay out a plan. An external facilitator has reviewed all of the material as well as 2020 Vision, a community visioning effort conducted in 2005, and One Community One Voice, an action plan aimed at eliminating achievement disparities developed by the community in 2003. Based on that data, the facilitator developed a draft framework for a strategic plan.
A core strategic planning team of employees, parents, business leaders, and community advocates reviewed two drafts, and that work was then reviewed by the members of the Fayette County Board of Education.
In the fall of 2016, FCPS released a draft of its strategic plan outlining five imperatives:
- Excellent student opportunities
- Excellent staff
- Excellent schools
- Excellent support systems
- Excellent relationships
Remember that a strategic plan is written at a very high level. It will not include specific activities, but will instead outline the goals FCPS wants to accomplish and how to determine if those goals are met.
Based on final feedback via communitywide surveys, district leaders will revise the draft and bring a final plan to the Fayette County Board of Education for approval.
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