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Dist. 300 school board OKs goals for strategic plan

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Community Unit District 300 school board members discussed a strategic plan Monday as a road map for future teaching and learning in the Carpentersville-based district.

Administrators have been working with educational research firm ECRA Group Inc., since the 2011-12 school year to craft the shell of plan. They presented the outline Monday, soliciting a reaction from board members who started out responding to details as specific as word choice. Board members ultimately approved five broad goals and their related objectives, giving administrators the green light to move ahead in the direction in which they have already begun.

The plan's strategic goals span curriculum, educator and administrator accountability, school environment, fiscal stability and communication, both internal and external.

Benjamin Churchill, assistant superintendent for high school teaching and learning, presented the first goal -- challenging all students to reach their unique potential -- as a fitting place to start. The goal's top objective is a rigorous curriculum to challenge all students.

"It is imperative our district keep that at the forefront of all we do," Churchill said.

There are no metrics in the draft plan or specific benchmarks for success, but those will come.

District 300 Communications Director Allison Strupeck said a timeline has not been set for the final phase of planning, which will flesh out all the specifics for future accountability.

"Because it does need to be collaborative, it will likely take the next few months," Strupeck said after the meeting Monday.

ECRA conducted surveys and interviews in the spring of 2012 with students, teachers, parents and community members to get their input on issues relating to the district and its future. Those were incorporated into the proposed goals Monday, but district administrators have not invited teachers or other stakeholders to participate in the planning process.

The final phase will include help from the district's teachers union, LEAD 300, and other stakeholders.

The district's previous strategic plan dates back to 2007.

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