City schools sets strategic planning sessions

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 9/8/19

Cleveland City Schools officials are inviting members of the community to attend two focus group events which will help them gather information for the school district’s upcoming strategic planning …

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City schools sets strategic planning sessions

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Cleveland City Schools officials are inviting members of the community to attend two focus group events which will help them gather information for the school district’s upcoming strategic planning process. 

The events are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. at Blythe-Bower Elementary School and Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. in the Cleveland High School library.

“This is open to any parent and community member interested in the future of Cleveland City Schools,” Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer said. “We want to hear from as many people as we can as we set goals for what will ultimately be our strategic plan for the next five years.” 

Each event will feature presentations from district officials and opportunities to break out into small focus groups. Each group leader will ask attendees a set of specific questions, but people will also be free to share their own questions and concerns. 

Topics expected to be addressed on the strategic plan will include everything from students’ academic goals to school security needs. 

“It’s going to be very much like what we did with the rezoning meetings last year,” Dyer said. “Those allowed us to get some new perspectives on things, and it was very helpful.” 

District staff will compile the notes from these events as part of a report on what district stakeholders see as the biggest needs and priorities. 

This report will help with the creation of the new five-year strategic plan, which will take place over the next several months. Dyer plans to present the plan to the Cleveland Board of Education in time for a possible vote  in May. 

The two focus group events will be identical, so Dyer said there is no need for anyone to attend both. However, he hopes people will make an effort to attend at least one. No registration is required. 

For more information, visit www.clevelandschools.org or call 423-472-9571.

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