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Crystal Lake School District 47 adopts new strategic planning initiative

Sarah Nader file photo – snader@shawmedia.com
Anthony Pizza (left) of Crystal Lake watches as Sara Garcia of Crystal Lake casts her ballot for her presidential choice during a mock presidential election Nov. 5, 2012, at Husmann Elementary School in Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 kicked off a new strategic planning process this month to plan for the school system's future.
Sarah Nader file photo – snader@shawmedia.com Anthony Pizza (left) of Crystal Lake watches as Sara Garcia of Crystal Lake casts her ballot for her presidential choice during a mock presidential election Nov. 5, 2012, at Husmann Elementary School in Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 kicked off a new strategic planning process this month to plan for the school system's future.

CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 kicked off a new strategic planning process this month to plan for the school system’s future.

Forward 47 will help the district establish a set plan for the next five years, according to a news release from the district. A team of nearly 40 stakeholders – including parents, staff, community members, board members, administrators and students – will meet monthly through December to discuss the plan under the guidance of the Consortium for Educational Change.

“An effective school district relies on the shared vision and collaborative input from all stakeholders,” Superintendent Kathy Hinz said in a statement. “Through the efforts of the strategic planning team and feedback from the school community, we look forward to developing a viable plan that will guide our efforts in continuing to provide quality educational services for all students.”

The team recently met for a “data retreat” in which the members focused on uncovering the district’s strengths and weaknesses. Team members produced a SWOT analysis identifying the district’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats using finance/operations, instruction/curriculum, personnel/human resources and recent stakeholder surveys.

“The Forward 47 strategic planning team invites all stakeholders to weigh in and provide feedback on the SWOT analysis by taking a brief survey on the webpage,” the release states.

The survey will be open through Oct. 15, and all results will be shared with the team for consideration in determining a final SWOT analysis that will inform the strategic plan.

For information about the strategic plan or to take the survey, visit www.d47.org/forward47.

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