The Community High School District 155 School Board approved a new five-year strategic plan Thursday night after a presentation from students and staff.
The strategic planning team included students, staff, parents, community members and district leaders. They met multiple times during the fall, and the public was invited to take part in a handful of engagement sessions.
More than 5,100 students, staff, parents and community members completed a survey at the beginning of the school year on the district’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
“To highlight a few strengths, things our district is doing well: We have high student achievement results as reported on the SAT; we have quality and dedicated staff members; we have a vast array of course opportunities for each student,” said Jenna Stayart, a sophomore at Cary-Grove High School and member of the strategic planning team. “To highlight a few weaknesses, or things our district can improve on: We can improve upon the social and emotional support to address the pressures, stress and bullying, the rigorous push and the balance of school and home; the meaningful use of technology/ blended learning and online course opportunities in [the] classroom; and also the use of time in our daily schedule.”
The plan has five main goals: student success, student well-being, workforce excellence, collaborative partnerships and resource stewardship.
“Where do we want to be five to 10 years from now?” Superintendent Steve Olson said. “The experience of kids today is very different. ... We believe we are a district where we see not only our students entering with great promise, but we’re making a promise to them when they do enter our halls.”
New vice principals
The School Board also approved Lori Ratliff as vice principal at Crystal Lake South High School, 1200 S. McHenry Ave., and Kevin Koeppen as vice principal at Prairie Ridge High School, 6000 Dvorak Drive. They will begin their roles July 1.
“Beyond the experience both Lori and Kevin bring to these positions, they believe in and demonstrate District 155’s mission to inspire, empower and nurture our students,” Olson said in a statement. “Their strengths align with our strategic planning goals, specifically in the areas of student well-being and collaborative partnerships, which will benefit our students and move District 155 forward.”
Joe Cole, vice principal at Crystal Lake South High School, and Lisa Connell, vice principal at Prairie Ridge High School, will retire later this year.