Specific goals include 100% graduation rate, five-year financial outline
The Northern Ozaukee School Board took a step away from the day-to-day challenges of operating a school district last month by adopting a “big picture” view of education in the form of a revised strategic plan.
Although most of the educational goals are general in nature, others are very specific, such as maintaining a graduation rate of 100% and developing a three to five-year plan of financial goals.
Nestled in the goals is a plan to begin the planning process and timeline for a 2018 referendum.
The plan also calls for a strategy to attract and retain high-performing teachers and administrators. Part of that scheme is the development of a competitive compensation and benefits model.
The strategic plan is the fruit of ongoing efforts by board members and administrators, which included a recent board workshop.
“Our goal in developing our strategic plan was to use-easy-to-understand language and ensure a consistent mission statement, set of core values, strategic goals and vision for our district’s future,” Supt. David Karrels said.
“The most successful organizations recognize the importance of knowing and understanding the mission of our core purpose and are guided by a consistent set of core values which drive our words and actions.”
Following the lead of the corporate world, the district’s revamped mission statement is to “Educate young men and women to develop strong character and prepare them for the future.”
The vision statement is even more succinct — “To pursue excellence at all levels of our district.”
The restated core values are “Respect — treat others as you want to be treated; Responsibility — take ownership of your actions; Integrity — live up to your word; Citizenship — strive to improve our community and our schools; Honesty — tell the truth; and Teamwork — help each other be successful.”
Four specific educational goals were also endorsed: “culture of integrity and high expectation; efficient and effective use of resources; academic excellence; community and school pride.”
The board makes a point of reading one component of the strategic plan at the opening of each board meeting.
“The strategic plan is important because it allows everyone in our district to be pursuing a common purpose and focusing on the important work of developing young men and women of strong character, and preparing our students for the future,” Karrels said.
“We developed core values that were practical and set expectations of what should drive our words and actions every day. Our strategic goals were developed by taking time to get honest feedback and set bold priorities to continue to see NOSD grow and become a district known for excellence in a wide variety of areas.”
Karrels said the plan is intended to provide “a positive focus” for the district.