The forum helped administrators collect valuable information for the five-year strategic plan current in development, said strategic planning committee member and special education coordinator Jennifer Rosato.
“We were hoping for more people, but we were definitely competing with some Halloween events in town,” she said. “The people who did come were very vocal in a good way and had a lot of great insight.”
The meeting consisted of an orientation to strategic planning followed by an hour-and-a-half-long discussion period. Many of the public’s suggestions centered on areas that school administrators have already pinpointed for improvement, Rosato said.
“We heard a lot about increasing technology, improving facilities, offering more fine arts,” she said. “We were not surprised by anything we heard, and most of these are areas we have identified as things we are doing great already, but things we want to do better. We feel like we’re in a good place with technology, and the same with facilities. We’ve got great things going on, but there’s still work to be done, and that was the main takeaway from the meeting.”
The public input portion for the plan is not over, however, and the system is asking for widespread participation in an online survey available now. Separate surveys for parents, employees and community members ask participants to rate the system in various aspects and also provide a comment box where participants are free to share their thoughts and suggestions. Surveys take about 5 minutes to complete.
Links to the surveys can be found by clicking on the “Parents” tab of the system’s website, www.sylacauga.k12.al.us, or by visiting any of the school websites. Direct links to the surveys are as follows:
O For parents: SylacaugaParent.nisurvey.com
O For employees: SylacaugaEmployee.nisurvey.com
O For the public: SylacaugaPublic.nisurvey.com
Parents are asked to complete one survey for every student they have in the system, reflecting each student’s experience at the school they attend.
The surveys will be available through Nov. 22. The strategic planning committee will meet in November and December and should have a plan proposal to present to the Board of Education in January.
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