Bensenville Elementary District 2 launches strategic planning process to determine the direction of its schools

Bensenville Elementary District 2 is taking a proactive step to maintain its status as a leader in education by launching a strategic planning process that will determine the direction of its schools.

District 2 is partnering with Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) to conduct the strategic planning process, which is designed to engage all District 2 stakeholders in developing a shared future vision for the District.

Involvement of stakeholders from every corner of the community will result in a long-term framework for decision-making that builds upon the common values held by the community.

Completion of the process is set for early spring of the 2021-22 school year.

"Effective education of students requires a commitment from the entire community," said Dr. Rebecca Nelson and Dr. Ray Lechner, District 2's interim co-superintendents. "We are excited to launch this inclusive strategic planning process that will help create the future for our district and its schools. Our approach is a best practice in that it is research-based, which means that decisions come from data rather than intuition."

Dr. Christopher McCullough, District 2 board president, stated: "This plan will ensure the effective stewardship of resources as all taxpayers within the boundaries of District 2 will benefit from our strategic allocation of assets to support student welfare and learning."

Through mid-January, District 2 will solicit input from across the community about the future of the district.

School board members, parents, employees, students, and community members who do not have children in the schools will be given opportunities to participate in interviews, focus groups and/or an online survey.

Information will be forthcoming about opportunities to participate in the process.

All of the data collected through interviews, focus groups and the survey will be analyzed along with the district's mission and vision statements and its guiding principles. That analysis will determine findings, goals, and objectives for the district, all of which will be presented to the board of education and released to the public in a strategic plan report when the process is complete.

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