Milton School Board OKs strategic plan proposal

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Andrea Behling
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

MILTON—It's only been about four years since the Milton School District has assessed its goals and objectives for the future.

Even so, the district didn't follow through with the short version of the district's goals, and it wasn't extensive or monitored, board treasurer Betsy Lubke said.

“We decided we need to start over with that process,” Lubke said.

Monday night the Milton School Board unanimously accepted a contract with the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to conduct a stakeholder driven strategic plan.

The plan will offer a framework of what Milton School District Superintendent Tim Schigur called a “true cross section of what the district wants.”

The plan will identify broad goals and objectives that can be used to develop action plans and drive the district's decision-making and priority process, Lubke said.

The first step is to put together a steering committee of 20 to 30 people including board members, administration staff, community group members and stakeholders.

It will take four to five months and about six meetings to identify the district's goals and formulate a plan.

The district is focused on connecting the plan to community values and clearly identifying stakeholders, Board President Jon Cruzan said.

It will be a cohesive plan tailored to the needs of the school district, he said.

“I think it will drive educational best practices we are trying to adopt and I think it will give us a continuing focus on student learning,” Cruzan said.

The project will cost between $8,000 and $10,000. The plan also includes options for facility and financial assessment services, which can happen later during planning.

It's been about 10 years since the district had a facilities assessment, Lubke said. Board member Tom Westrick asked at Monday's meeting why a facilities assessment wasn't part of the plan proposal, as he noted that some of the district's facilities are aging.

Schigur responded by saying the district's first step is to get a “broad picture” of the district's needs and gaps before assessing its facilities.

“Now we can be completely objective,” he said.

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