The Evanston/Skokie District 65 School Board is counting on citizen input to play a major role in determining the direction of the district for the next three years and beyond.
“While we must focus on today,” says the board’s strategic planning liaison Candance Chow, “we must also think about and plan for the future.”
She added that “we need everyone—educators, students, parents, families, and community members—to work together to ensure we support the learning of every child, every day, whatever it takes.”
Specifically, the district is looking for volunteers to serve on one of the five “working” strategic planning committees that will each focus on one of the following key areas: high quality teaching and learning, thriving workforce, safe and supportive school climate, family and community engagement, and financial sustainability.
The district would like each committee to consist of at least one student, parent-guardian, teacher, principal, support staff member, district administrator, subject matter expert, and an ordinary resident, with each committee reflecting “the diversity of our community.”
In addition to the five working committees, there will also be an external advisory committee, the district said in a news release, that will be made up of “a broad and representative group of community partners.” The plan is for this committee to meet three times during the process “to provide input and guidance on next steps.”
Persons interested in serving on a committee need to apply by Sept. 26.
Applications and additional information about the strategic planning process are available on the district’s website.
Meanwhile, the district is still receiving comments on the draft of its mission statement that would be a key element of the strategic plan. The board plans to receive a revised mission statement, based upon this input, at its Oct. 20 meeting.