Archive for Thursday, October 4, 2007

Bond defeat puts immediate needs before strategic plan

October 4, 2007

Strategic planning for the De Soto School District might have to wait.

Superintendent Sharon Zoellner said the recent failure of the $70.5 million two-question bond referendum might mean the board should hold off on strategic planning for a bit, Zoellner said.

"We may be more interested in a long-range plan to get our facilities and buildings under control," she said.

Zoellner presented the board members with a chart that outlined the several steps to create a strategic plan using a model by The Cambridge Group. Zoellner also described the aspects of the district's most recent strategic plan.

The strategic planning process includes defining a district's beliefs, its mission statement, its objectives and strategies for achieving those objectives.

The goal-setting session would help determine the will of the board to move forward in the strategic plan process that could result in major changes in the district.

Zoellner was quick to point out that strategic planning should not be confused with long-term planning. While strategic planning could change the mission and objectives of a district entirely, long-term planning focuses on addressing the foreseeable future and works within the district's mission and objectives that already are in place.

In other business, the board

  • Approved its legislative platform, which includes not allowing tax abatements be applied to school district taxes.
  • Asked the administration to draft a letter to the Johnson County Commission stating the district's appreciation for the $1.1 million in funds the district received each year from sales tax revenue. County commissioners recently agreed to submit the sales tax to voters next year, although all proceeds will be used for public safety purposes and not education grants.

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