|Leaders, residents asked for input |
Community leaders, including members of the local clergy (above), met last week to discuss Franklin County public schools’ long-range strategic plan.
Friday, March 28, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
In planning for the future, Franklin County public school officials are seeking community input on their strategic plan, "Paving the Pathway -- Franklin County Public Schools' Plan for Education."
Dr. Mark Church, schools superintendent, along with school board members and district staff, met last week with business leaders, community agencies and church leaders to discuss the strategic plan and listen to ideas on the long-range plans for the future of the school division.
A steering committee -- comprised of representatives from the school system and county government, business leaders and residents -- began the process of determining goals and strategies for the new plan in December.
During those discussions and exercises, three themes emerged as essential outcomes for the school division -- excellence in education for everyone; a safe environment, conducive to learning; and programs that support productive, well-rounded citizens.
The cornerstone and foundation of the strategic plan centers around the school division's vision and mission statements, as well as Franklin County's economic development plan. Goals of the plan include continued workforce development, expansion of the career and technical education program and more focus on STEM-H (science, technology, engineering, math and health) at The Franklin Center.
Last week's meetings consisted of representatives from colleges, community colleges, local law enforcement, community leaders and clergy members.
"These were really good events," said Church. "I think the ministers got a lot out of it and are very excited about our plan."
Staff, students, parents and community members can provide their input through April 15 by completing a survey on the school system's website at www.frco.k12.va.us.
Under "Latest Links," in the far right column, click on "Community Survey."
The survey consists of five open-ended questions:
•What do you believe to be the strengths of Franklin County public schools?
•What do you believe to be the weaknesses of Franklin County public schools?
•Are there any community resources that we have overlooked, but which could be useful to the students and the division?
•Do you see any "stumbling blocks" or hazards that require extra caution as we develop this strategic plan?
•What three wishes would you have for this school district that would set it apart on a national level?