Where We’ve Been: Strategic Planning Background
Our last 5-year strategic plan was developed in 2016 and was facilitated by GSBA and GLISI. Unfortunately, this plan was not implemented effectively and was no longer in use by 2017.
Dr. Fehrman joined CSD in the Fall of 2018. As she worked with principals, she realized that a new strategic plan was necessary to focus the school system's work on what was best for students. Dr. Fehrman initially presented a strategic plan to the Board the following spring, in April of 2019, at a Regular Board Meeting and the subsequent work session to ensure CSD was placing students and student achievements at the center of what we do every day. Following these sessions, the principals started operationalizing the plan in their buildings during the 2019-2020 school year.
Then, in March 2020, COVID hit, and all momentum for launching a strategic plan came to a screeching halt. CSD diverted all of our resources to address how we would continue providing high-quality education during the pandemic.
After a delayed and turbulent start to the 2020-2021 school year due to continued concerns about COVID, Dr. Fehrman, Dr. Huddleston, Dr. Beam, and Dr. Banks shared a version of this presentation with the Board in February 2021 to refocus our work on supporting students. Accompanying this presentation, Dr. Fehrman provided the CSD community with a high-level overview of how all the pieces of the plan connected through a coherence framework. The presentation, coherence framework, and draft of the plan were shared with the community. The community had an opportunity to provide feedback through surveys and were invited to attend two virtual community input sessions. Concurrently, school leaders used the template to align their school improvement plans to the district plan. While getting the flywheel back up and spinning, the previous superintendent resigned in April/May of 2021, and Dr. Fehrman was asked to step in as superintendent. As we closed the 2020-2021 school year, COVID numbers were declining, and hopes were high for a smooth start to the 2021-2022 school year.
Unfortunately, COVID had other plans. Even as the Delta variant caused a wave of infections that fall, Dr. Fehrman led the path for students to return to in-person learning as we started the 2021-2022 school year. That fall, Dr. Fehrman shared plans with the Board to move the district improvement plan into a full-fledged strategic plan. However, with two Board members stepping down, the decision was made to delay this work until the new Board was in place. Once the new Board was in place, Dr. Fehrman wasted no time and led the Board through a self-evaluation in January 2022, where the Board identified the need for a new strategic plan as a top priority. By April 2022, CSD secured GSBA to facilitate the development of our new strategic plan.