2012 Educational Summit off to a good start

Linda Madsen
Guest Columnist

About 30 community members from the Forest Lake area attended a two-day Educational Summit on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4 in order to provide information to school district officials as the district moves forward with the re-creation of its strategic plan.

Those meetings were open-ended discussions with members of the community. The purpose was to gather information on some of the things the school district does well, some things that need improvement and ideas on how to accomplish those objectives.

The meetings were the first step that the school district is taking in creating a new strategic plan, as the current strategic plan is set to expire at the end of this school year.

For many years, Forest Lake Area Schools has been guided by strategic plans that have been periodically changed and updated, and they have enabled the district to better meet the needs of the community it serves.

The most recent plan was developed in 2006. This strategic plan was to last for five years, with updates and adjustments occurring annually through a committee made up mostly of community members.

The next step in the process will be the creation of a Strategic Planning Team. This team will take the information provided at the Educational Summit, as well as other information and data, then organize it and putting it together in a more structured format.

Like the Educational Summit, this team will be made up largely of members of the community at large. The district is currently seeking individuals who are interested in becoming members of this Strategic Planning Team.

This would involve taking part in an intensive three-day planning session on March 22-24 and another one-day session on June 13.

Anyone interested in participating on the Strategic Planning Team should contact Diane Borle at dborle@flaschools.org, or by phone at 651-982-8104. Information and a sign-up form can also be found at the district website at www.flaschools.org.

— The writer is superintendent of schools in Forest Lake School District 831.

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