INTRODUCTION TO STRATEGIC PLAN August 2011
In 1999, the District began the task of planning strategically so that our children will be prepared for the future with the best education possible. Our community took the job seriously and committed time and energy for the students in our District. Back in 1999, over one -hundred members of the school and local community, including former students, worked together over a six-month period to create a five-year strategic plan.
After the initial plan was developed and through a systematic process, a District mission statement was written, core beliefs and parameters to guide behavior were identified, and objectives were created that in turn became the ultimate outcomes for all students. Action teams then identified strategies, which were the means to successfully reach the objectives.
Since 1999, a District Strategic Planning team has met annually to review progress made on the Strategic Plan and make any necessary modifications or additions. The majority of the Action Plans developed in 1999 were achieved by 2005. The entire Strategic Plan was rewritten in 2005, with forty-three new Action Plans developed to guide our work through 2010. Also in 2005, a new mission statement and revised beliefs and objectives were authored. In February of 2011, another major revision to the RUSD Strategic Plan was orchestrated. To date over 330 members of the school and local community have been involved with the District’s Strategic Planning process.
The Board of Trustees is to be commended for embracing the concept of "forward" planning for the children of our District and inviting the entire community to be involved in the process. Margaret Mead said it best, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
The new five-year Strategic Plan for the Reed Union School District is a work in progress. The mission has remained the same, but a new “Vision of a Reed Graduate” was created to guide our work going forward. In the Fall of 2011, Action Planning Teams will finalize objectives to guide our work in the immediate near future.