Community Input Requested for District Strategic Planning Process PDF Print E-mail

Wayland Union School Input Survey

The Wayland Union Schools Board of Education and Administration are launching a new initiative to guide the District through a 5 Year Strategic Planning Process in collaboration with the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB). The purpose of this initiative is to help develop new goals and strategies to offer an excellent education for students, while using scarce public education resources in the most effective and efficient way.

Stakeholder feedback is an important part of the planning process. Community members, parents, teachers, students and all district staff members will have the opportunity to give input on the strengths, areas for improvement and ideas for vision of Wayland Union Schools.

Your ideas about the strengths of Wayland Union Schools – along with your opinions concerning where there is potential for improvement and ideas about our vision/future – are very important to the success of this planning process.  Therefore, the input sessions listed below have been established to get your ideas and suggestions.  The following times have been established to gather input from various groups on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Wayland Union Schools Administration office located at 850 E. Superior Street in Wayland:

9:00-9:45am        Parents/Guardians
10:00-10:45am    Community Members
5:00-5:45pm        Business Community
7:00-7:45pm        Community Members

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions on Tuesday, September 16, an online survey is available for your input until October 14:  Wayland Union Schools Input Survey.

All responses to face-to-face meetings and those received electronically will be anonymous and handled confidentially by MASB.

Stakeholder input, along with the essential district data, provides the basis for the district to choose three to five priority goals for the next one to five years.

The benefits of the strategic planning process are many. Most notable are:

•    Presents a succinct and graphic picture of the district's current status
•    Sets focused strategic goals that identify target areas to improve student achievement
•    Clearly delineates the role of the board of education and the superintendent and staff in strategic planning
•    Uses data to set goals and make important decisions
•    Helps identify areas to allocate increasingly scarce resources
•    Aligns board priorities with school improvement processes

Gary Wood, the Wayland Union Schools Board of Education President stated, "As school board members, we have to make the best decisions in these challenging, changing times. It is essential that we use data and stakeholder input to make decisions and to set priorities for our district."

Scott Morrell, Michigan Association of School Boards, will be the consultant who will work with Wayland Union Schools for the next three months to complete the strategic plan.

If you have any questions, please contact the Administration office at 269-792-2181.