The Ishpeming Public School District Launches Strategic Planning Process

The Board of Education and the Administration is launching a new initiative to guide the Ishpeming Public School District through a 3-5 year Strategic Plan.  The purpose of this initiative is to help us develop new goals and strategies for continuing to offer an excellent education for our students, while using scarce public education resources in the most effective and efficient way. 

Stakeholder feedback is an important part of the planning process.  Community members, parents, students, teachers and all district staff members will have the opportunity to give input on the strengths of the district, opportunities for improvement, barriers for implementation, and their vision for the district.

Stakeholder input, along with essential district data, provides the basis for the district to choose approximately five priority goals to be implemented over the next three to five years.

The benefits of the strategic planning process are many.  Most notable are:

  • It provides integrated, important input from community and staff
  • It presents a succinct and graphic picture of the district’s current status
  • It sets focused strategic goals that identify target areas to improve student achievement
  • It clearly delineates the role of the Board of  Education and the superintendent/staff in strategic planning
  • It uses data to set goals and make important decisions
  • It helps identify areas to allocate increasingly scarce resources
  • It aligns Board priorities with school improvement processes

Robert Nadeau, the Ishpeming Public School District Board of Education President stated, “As school board members, we have to make the best decisions in these challenging, changing times.  It is essential that we use factual data and input from our community stakeholders to help make decisions and set priorities for our district that reflect the needs of the students, families, and community we serve.”

Dr. Richard Diebold, Ed.D., a consultant from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) will assist the Ishpeming Schools for the next three months to complete the strategic planning process.  Diebold said, “Ishpeming Schools and MASB have worked together to customize an established process that ensures broad community involvement and will result in an effective strategic plan for the foreseeable future.”

Any parent or community member interested in providing input for the Ishpeming Public School District Strategic Plan, may complete the Strategic Plan Stakeholders Survey at this link or may also attend the community meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m. in the I.H.S. Library.