I am truly honored to have the opportunity to present the WRSD 2016-2021 Strategic Plan. Working in conjunction with the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools (MARS), a Strategic Planning Steering Committee was created during the last school year. The Steering Committee consisted of twenty-three representatives representing a variety of stakeholders. In order to gain feedback from the community, a survey was conducted which produced over 2,000 responses. Focus group meetings were also held in all 13 schools and in each individual town.
Drawing on the information gathered, the Steering Committee established five learning domains from which strategic objectives, priority initiatives, and action plans have been crafted. I am thankful for all of those who participated in this endeavor as it is truly representative of a broad spectrum of the constituents who make-up our district.
The WRSD Strategic Plan will provide our community with a sense of purpose as we define priorities and set budgets. Each school will now create a School Improvement Plan that ties directly back to the Strategic Plan and will help define budget priorities at both the building and district levels. Goals that are set by administrators and teachers will have common themes connected to the five learning domains, thus helping bring our five town district toward common educational outcomes.
The creation of the Strategic Plan took many hours, and involved numerous people, but the final product was well worth the time and effort, and will be the focal point for Wachusett moving forward over the next five years. This is an exciting time for the district and for our entire community.
Darryll McCall, Ed.D.