Between 75 and 100 people turned out Thursday night to learn more about Como-Pickton’s Consolidated Independent School District’s new planning system, which will determine district goals and operations for the future, while enjoying a pancake supper.Numerous door prizes were awarded during the informational session, which concluded with school administrators asking for volunteers to sign up to be on committees to help form the district beliefs, which will then be given to administrators to develop district goals.
At least a dozen volunteers, comprised of CPCISD staff and community members, had signed up at the end of the evening Thursday, to be an active part of a committee.
School administrators asked each person to include the date that would be best for them to meet and contact information. The meeting day will be set based on the best day for the majority of volunteers. Committees will meet only a few times until the district “beliefs” are set then forwarded to the district leadership team to form goals to present to the board. The committees will have to agree on one belief per topic, within the given prompts. Superintendent Sandra Billodeau said the district “hopes this can be finalized by June.”
Only the persons elected as the head of the committees will be required to meet again after the beliefs are established, and then sporadically throughout the year with the superintendent to ensure those beliefs are being met.
Anyone who was unable to attend Thursday’s session but is interested in serving on a committee to help shape district beliefs should contact the superintendent’s office soon to sign up so the process can get underway.
The way the new systemic plan is set up, there will be four integral groups taking an active role in the process — the management team consisting of the school board; the leadership team made up of district administrators; educators and support staff; and district partners, consisting of parents, community members and students. All will play a role in establishing beliefs, which will be used to form goals, which the district will operate under. The process of forming a systemic plan could take two to five years to fully implement, but ideally, would allow the district to continue to function even with personnel changes in the four groups, including leadership and management.
School management and leadership teams have been working since last summer to begin the process of implementing the systemic plan. They noted that the district mission statement and vision reflect what the new system should strive to achieve.
Establishing vision, mission and beliefs will impact district actions and attitudes, implementation strategies and accountability measures which will be checked through feedback from all four groups involved.
For more information, call CPCISD at 903-488-3671.
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