We at the SD46 Board of Education are currently hammering out a revised strategic plan to guide our energies and decisions. Apparently, “I want to rock and roll all night, and party every day” no longer fits within the synergistic direction of our current paradigm shift.
While working on a strategic plan over the summer feels a bit like detention, I do understand the need to identify our underlying values and priorities before making decisions: I recently worked for a board that knew almost nothing about anything. At least regarding what boards should and shouldn’t do.
Strategic planning is a process of declaring what we want our district to look like over the next few years, and focusing on the most important goals. A good strategic plan should be relevant to any decisions we make, in that our decisions must support the strategic plan, and be based upon the values we uphold.
You didn’t hear this from me, but it’s also another way you can hold public officials accountable. When an entity endeavours to make a strategic plan and/or a vision statement, they are screaming for you to scrutinize every decision based on those statements.
“If the decision doesn’t fit it’s not legit.”
For instance, I know I haven’t rocked and/or rolled any nights recently, let alone every night, hence the need for a new plan.