The St. Vrain Valley School District has a Strategic Plan that defines clear goals for its future. The plan, as outlined below, consists of a vision statement, a mission statement, governing values, and focus areas.
To be an exemplary school district which inspires and promotes high standards of learning and student well being in partnership with parents, guardians, and the community.
To educate each student in a safe learning environment so that they may develop to their highest potential and become contributing citizens.
There are 12 statements that summarize St. Vrain Valley School District's governing values:
- The District is guided by a clear vision and supported by a strategic plan that engages the community in supporting its mission.
- A standards-based curriculum, supported by assessment, data analysis, and appropriate professional development, guides instruction.
- The District uses research-based instructional strategies to meet the diverse learning needs of all students.
- Teachers, students, staff, parents, and guardians are committed to high educational expectations and sustaining a continuous improvement culture.
- The educational experience, in collaboration with the community, develops students who are well prepared for their future.
- Minority communities will be integral, active participants in the school community.
- Schools provide safe, nurturing, and respectful learning environments that support all students, staff, parents, guardians, and volunteers.
- The District’s classified, licensed, and administrative staffs are valued for the quality services they provide.
- The District, as a leader in the education market, demonstrates innovation in developing and implementing programs.
- The organization, as a whole, pursues collaborative methods to facilitate decision-making.
- Sound, fiscal decision-making and open, honest communication, combined with ethical behavior and integrity, are central to the organization and foster community trust.
- The District provides and promotes effective two-way communications and relies on students, staff, parents, guardians, and volunteers to be personally responsible in the process.
There are three areas of focus that make up the final component of the Strategic Plan. Each focus area includes objectives, evidences of success, and specific strategies to achieve the stated goals. These strategies are the flexible segment of the plan and are being implemented incrementally. The implementation of some strategies is reliant upon budget and/or staff resources; they may also be modified as a result of needs and requirements. The three areas of focus are:
Design & Development
In October 2003, Charting Our Course, a three-day, community-wide conference, began the collaborative process necessary for creating a unified vision for the future of St. Vrain Valley Schools. Over 100 participants – including parents, students, District staff, senior citizens, community leaders, and Latino/Hispanic community members – gathered to share opinions, collect ideas, and re-build a sense of community within the school district. The results/notes from the conference are documented in the Conference Report and Learning Manual.
A Strategic Plan Oversight Team, whose members included several Charting Our Course participants, was established to help draft, study, and monitor a new strategic plan, based on the overriding themes heard at Charting Our Course.
Fourteen focus groups from various community audiences reviewed the Team’s proposed vision, mission, and governing value statements, as well as possible focus areas. Focus group participants, along with District Advisory Council committee members, lent their ideas and comments about the Strategic Plan draft in January, February, and March of 2004. Parent groups and school and District department leaders also lent suggestions to the Strategic Plan in April and May of 2004. The Strategic Plan (Summary) was finalized in the summer of 2004.
The first year the Strategic Plan was in place produced a number of noteworthy accomplishments in all three focus areas.
Progress in student achievement could be seen with 96% of District targets having been met. In addition, minority CSAP achievement levels also increased and research-based programs for increased student achievement were also implemented.
Strides were also made in the well being Focus area. The District: fully regained sound fiscal footing, completed numerous projects to foster a safe learning and working environment, implemented additional programs to enhance communication, significantly improved nutritional content of school meals, and opened three new schools while completing various school additions and renovations.
Partnerships between the District and the community also increased. Committees were established to provide ongoing opportunities for input from students and parents and local businesses and organizations provided significant support for student programs and projects
2005 - 2006 Goals
The District has a number of goals for the second year of the five year Strategic Plan. The Plan will continue to focus on student achievement as well as:
- Sustain a balanced budget that meets all state requirements and rebuilds minimal reserves
- Implement results based leadership at all levels
- Restore and expand professional development opportunities
- Establish a task force to review organization performance audit results and develop recommendations
- Develop a more systematic plan to communicate school and District information
- Work toward establishing a Pre-K through Grade 16 educational focus
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