The Strategic Planning Process:
In accordance with the planning policy of Garden Valley School Division, a major strategic planning retreat, involving a cross-section of representatives of constituents, is held after each school board election. To provide for accountability and make adjustments to the plan, a retreat is held in subsequent years and involves trustees, senior administrators and school administrators. At yearly public consultation meetings the Board reports to the public on the accomplishment of major objectives, strategies and actions. Public input is also sought on recommended strategies and actions for the next school year.
A Bit of Background: Planning in 2007-2008
At a Strategic Planning Retreat on January 11 – 13, 2007 the 36-member division planning team reviewed the accomplishments of the previous four years as well as the belief statements and mission statement. Within the context of provincial priorities, the team acknowledged the climate of change, emphasized the value of teamwork, and suggested long and short term strategic directions for consideration by the Board. This laid the foundation for divisional action plans for the next four years.
The Refined Plan for 2009-2010
School Board trustees and senior administrators met on January 24, 2007 to review the deliberations of the planning team and determine the components to include in the published Strategic Plan. Subsequently, a draft plan was written. The draft plan was forwarded for feedback to all members of the planning team, school staffs, and Advisory Councils for School Leadership. Trustees considered the feedback received and finalized and adopted the plan in a regular Board meeting on March 13, 2007.
At the Board Planning Retreat on November 5-7, 2009, the 24-member division planning team consisting of Trustees, Senior Administration, Principals and the Human Resources Manager met to update the strategic plan. The strategies and actions of 2009-10 were reviewed, as were the strategies to be considered for implementation in future years. Presentations by school principals, division office and trustees focused on Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT). After completing a Divisional SWOT analysis,time was spent identifying possible strategies to address the issues. School Board trustees and senior administrators met on November 25, 2009 to set the 2010-11 strategies. Trustees finalized and adopted the updated plan articulated herein at a regular Board meeting on December 15, 2009.
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