Education Summit a chance to help schools

Linda Madsen
Guest Columnist

You are cordially invited to participate in a process that is immensely important to our school district.

Our district is guided in a very significant way by our strategic plan. We use it to establish our priorities, to measure our success and to fully guide our work as a school district.

As of the end of this school year, our current strategic plan – which was a five-year plan – will expire. This means that this year, in anticipation of that deadline, we are beginning the process of creating a new plan, and we hope you will be interested in being part of that process.

The creation of the new strategic plan will begin in early February and will finish sometime in late August. This first event – the Educational Summit – will lay the groundwork for the rest of the development of the new strategic plan.

This is a chance for people in our community to help determine the future goals and priorities of our school district.

The Educational Summit will take place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Each participant in this summit is asked to attend just one day of the event, on whichever day best suits their schedule.

The summit location is Tanners Brook in Forest Lake.

How to Help?

At the summit, participants should be prepared to help us answer the following questions:

•What is going well in our school district and should be continued?

•What should be reviewed for possible changes?

•What about our school district is well-understood by the community?

•What about it is unknown to the community?

More to Come

Other events will take place after the Educational Summit, but this is the first way to gather input from the community and is an extremely important part of the process.

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP by Friday, Jan. 27.

To RSVP, go to the district web site or contact Diane Borle at 651-982-8104 or by email at [email protected]

We thank you in advance for considering taking part in this important first step.

The work done on our strategic plan will help guide our school district for the next five years and help us do the best job we can in educating our youth and in providing important services to our community.

Dr. Linda Madsen is superintendent of schools in Forest Lake School District 831.