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updated: 9/18/2013 6:44 PM

River Trails schools want residents' help on new strategic plan

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River Trails School District 26 is drafting what officials call a new "road map" for the future, and district residents have been invited to help.

The Mount Prospect-based district recently started working on a new Strategic Plan, a document that will guide future actions in the areas of academics, staffing, finance and more. District officials hope to have the plan drafted by May.

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"We're not looking to change our core values," District 26 School Board President Donna Johnson said. "What this is about is being visionary -- making sure we're on the forefront of what's happening in education."

The new plan will replace District 26's current one, which was adopted during the 2009-2010 school year, Johnson said.

"It's definitely time for an update," she said.

The district has asked residents to assist in the effort. To date, about 25 residents have volunteered their help, Johnson said.

Those residents will join board members and district administrators on six "vision teams," each handling a particular planning area -- human resources, curriculum/instruction/assessment, communications, finance, technology and leadership.

The vision teams will be asked to identify critical issues facing the district and develop plans for how to address them. The six teams will meet for the first time in October. Each is expected to meet three times before the final draft of the Strategic Plan is presented to the school board.

Residents can learn more about the planning process on the district's website, rtsd26.org. Johnson said residents interested in participating should contact the district right away.

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